Supporting Youth Development

BDF Media Release| 21 September 20

Photography and Story credit: Private Kyle Straker

The Barbados Defence Force (BDF) in its continued support to the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) has joined their initiative with the Prince’s Trust International Charity. The Trust, originating in United Kingdom, launched their programme in Barbados on the Sunday 18 September 2016 and aims to assist “At Risk Youth” between the ages of 16 – 25 years.

Now in its 4th year of existence, they have reaped many successes in improving the lives of many Barbadian youth with programmes designed to last a life time. Currently, the programme is structured to improve personal skills, team-building skills and the basics to attain and maintain a sure presence in the workforce. This programme encompasses six components which include an introductory week, residential week, community projects, job placements and team challenges.

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The BDF in its support to the initiative, through its maritime unit The Barbados Coast Guard (BCG), assist the programme by providing Safety Of Life At Sea (SOLAS) training for the participants. This year such training was conducted at HMBS PELICAN and Brandon’s Beach. The aim of training is to ensure that all participants are qualified and confident when in the water which will transcend to their general life practices.

Coordinator, for the RBPF Sgt Hallam Jemmott, reiterated the police’s commitment, like the BDF to supporting youth development, especially for those at risk. He hopes, that the training, discipline and life skills attained during this 12-week period will continue to grow from strength as the students move on in various aspects of their lives. Interested persons are encouraged to call 230-1824 for more information or enrollment to the programme.