Youth from Signal Hill and environs are staying positively engaged through access to the Signal Hill Youth Development Centre. On Saturday January 22, 2022, eleven (11) young people aged eight (8) to 19 years from the area participated in hands on culinary sessions as they learned the skills involved in the creation of some of their favourite treats. Among the goodies produced was: Marbled sponge cake, Ice cream, Pizza, Sorrel Juice, “Suck-a-bags” and Rollie Pollies. The centre provides a safe, inclusive space where youth are exposed to holistic programmes and have the opportunity to build social relationships. This serves to promote the growth and well-being of young people through the effective facilitation of their holistic growth. Such activities form part of the Department of Youth long-standing engagement with youth at the community level.
Centre Coordinator Janice McMillan shared that she was extremely pleased with the level of participation in the centre’s latest activity. She highlighted, “This initiative is the continuation of a programme which began in December and I am very happy with the turnout, especially since we had a few boys participating as well. All the children had a wonderful time learning the techniques behind making the various products and we also provided them with ingredients to take home and practice their skills. It’s nice to see their responses and how excited they are.”
SHYDC remains a hub for ongoing programmes to further encourage youth involvement and capacity building in multiple spheres. The Signal Hill Youth Development Centre also lists WiFi access, academic assistance and printing services among its offerings. It is located along Signal Hill Main Road and is one of four (4) on the island. Similar facilities include: The Castara, Bethel and Roxborough Youth Development Centres.