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Castara Youth Empowered Through Skills

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The Division of Sport and Youth Affairs continues to champion the development of Tobago’s young people through its Youth Development Centres. The Castara Youth Development Centre is currently hosting its annual three-week July/August camp. This camp aims to enhance the earning potential of young persons through skill-based training and has registered 60 participants since it began on August 5.  Programmes offered include: garment construction, makeup artistry and creative design. Makeup artistry has been a popular feature of the camp’s line-up and 24 female participants were registered. The hands-on sessions in this area covered topics such as: eyebrows, foundation and lipstick application, highlighting and contouring.

Local beauty entrepreneur and educator, Dernelle Smith facilitated the class and shared, “It is a joy to see the confidence young ladies build when they learn to do makeup on their own faces as it can be a life skill.” Youth Development Centre Coordinator, Jomoy Henry echoed Smith’s sentiments as she added, “We are teaching young ladies makeup application so that they will know how to apply makeup in a professional setting and otherwise.” Henry also pointed out that learning a skill opens the door to holistic development and the creates fertile ground for entrepreneurship to blossom.

One visibly excited participant, T’Keya Williams says she intends to make full use of her new skills and the opportunities they provide. She explains, “My dream is to become an entrepreneur, skilled in a variety of fields and this camp can be my stepping stone.” T’Keya was also a participant in the garment construction class where she created a skirt that received positive feedback from her peers on social media.

Week three of the camp promises to engage the attention of the youth in the field of creative design and all activities are scheduled to conclude on August 30.