More at risk youths to benefit from CSSP

DPI, Guyana, Friday, March 16, 2018

The Government’s anti-crime Citizen Security Strengthening Programme (CSSP) skills training programme is set to expand with a new round of registrations within days.

Component One of the Citizen Security Strengthening Programme, aims to make youths between the ages of sixteen and twenty-five resilient to crime and violence through the provision of technical and vocational training and psycho social support.

CSSP beneficiaries engaged in a community enhancement project, Sophia.

Community Action Officer for Sophia Colin Marks explained that a second batch of youths is about to be enlisted.

“This particular phase is focusing a lot on accreditation on these youths. So, they are being engaged at a level of institutions. So, what it makes possible for them is that they get a technical certificate or one with high level of competence. They are learning things like catering, cosmetology, plumbing, welding, IT and business,” Marks said.

Sophia resident Ricquan Adams who attends the community’s Training Center, encouraged youths to get onboard and make use of opportunities available through the CSSP. “It is giving me the opportunity to learn what I didn’t learn enough in secondary school. The stipend is helping me out too, by bringing me to class; to get foot wear, clothes. I want the youths out there to just follow my steps and do what I do. I want them to follow me, become a man. I want them ease up on the corner liming and smoking,” Ricquan added.

Kinana Baker is another beneficiary of the CSSP skills training and a graduate of the Carnegie School of Home Economics. Baker completed a first semester in Dressmaking and is currently pursuing her second year. She urged youths to grasp at the second chance being provided. “I would just like them to come out and support and encourage the youths to take this step forward and realise that it is a good chance and a good opportunity and see what it has to offer,” the CSHE graduate added.

Registration for the technical and vocational training under the IDB funded programme continues in Regions Three, Four, Five, Six and Ten. For more information, call telephone number 222 8865.


No. Community Date (s)
1 Alberttown


Saturday 17th March
2 West Ruimveldt/

La Penitence

Saturday 17th March
3 Kingston/Lacytown Sunday 18th March 2018
4 Agricola/McDoom Monday 19th & Tuesday 20th March
5 Alberttown


Saturday 24th March
6 West Ruimveldt/

La Penitence

Saturday 24th March
7 Charlestown Sunday 25th March
8 Buxton/Friendship/Vigilance Sunday 1st April
9 Annandale/Lusignan Saturday 7th April
10 South / North Ruimveldt Sunday 8th April
11 Vreed-en-Hoop/Westminister

Supported by Regional Body

Thursday 5th – Saturday 7th April

Kinana Baker CSSP graduate of the Carnegie School of Home Economics.

Ricquan Adams CSSP Masonry student at Sophia Training Centre.



By: Kidackie Amsterdam


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