Preparations intensify for launch of Guyana Youth Service

Georgetown, Guyana – Over the past few weeks, preparations have drastically intensified for the upcoming launch of the Guyana Youth Service (GYS). This monumental unveiling will be hosted at the Kuru-Kuru Training Centre within the coming months.

On Friday last, a taskforce led by Minister of Social Cohesion, Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr. George Norton, and Minister of Education, Ms. Nicolette Henry, conducted a site visit of the facility.

The visit saw inspections being made to ensure that all measures are in place to efficiently execute the launch which will include approximately 1000 youths from all across Guyana.

The Honourable Minister of Social Cohesion, Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr. George Norton meeting with officers of the Youth Department, as preparation intensifies for the launch of the Guyana Youth Service.

Further to that, Minister Norton on Monday last, met with officers of the Youth Department to ensure that all logistics are in place for the transport and accommodation of participants attending the launch from the outlying regions of the country.

Director of Youth, Ms. Melissa Carmichael indicated that participants of the launch will be drawn from the list of persons currently awaiting entry into the many youth programmes being offered by the government via various Ministries, including Education and Indigenous People’s Affairs.

“Following the launch, those persons will be immediately accepted to the programmes that they would’ve applied to, and training, under the Guyana Youth Service will commence in a more unified and structured manner,” Ms. Carmichael said.

The GYS was designed as a comprehensive approach to address a myriad of problems facing Guyana’s youths. This process entails the development of a system which integrates many discrete institutions, human and physical resources into a holistic plan for the development of youth.

Additionally, the National Youth Service also seeks to ensure that all youths benefit from the same level of training and receive equally impactful certification from various agencies.

As such, the GYS will comprise a number of campuses/training centres which will operate in various geographical locations in collaborations with the relevant national and regional state institutions. It will bring together existing institutions and establish new ones where necessary.

The Government of Guyana is confident that the GYS will educate, train, empower and promote social cohesion among young people while contributing to the sustainable development of Guyana.

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