Youth Department to roll out several major activities for 2018

DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, February 06, 2018

The Ministry of Social Cohesion’s Youth Department will be rolling out several programmes this year which are geared towards boosting youth development in the country.

Melissa Carmichael-Haynes, Director of Youth.

Director of Youth, Melissa Carmichael-Haynes explained the department will be hosting several events including a National Youth Week, Youth in Business Summit, several Youth debates, rallies and Job-readiness programmes among others.

“All these activities were planned with young people in mind. And furthermore, we would have utilised the suggestions made by many organisations, youth groups, and the youth officers coming out of their regions. We are utilising those suggestions to put forward our programme,” Carmichael-Haynes said.

The Director noted that the 2018 youth programmes were formulated in keeping with the department’s policy and objectives outlined for the year.

“It’s for the youth population of Guyana to know that billions of dollars are being spent on their development. Programmes are in place to cater to the unattached youths; those young people who are not a part of any organisations and are just in the community looking for an opportunity. We also have programmes that cater for young people who are attached as well,” Carmichael-Haynes explained.

She shared that there is an open-door policy for discussion at the department and encouraged young persons with ideas on strengthening youth development to stop by with their plans.

The Director also disclosed that her team will be conducting regional visits to various youth groups across the country, to address their concerns and implement programmes that will contribute to their well-being.

The Youth Department’s theme for 2018 is “Youth in action, fostering stronger partnerships”.


By: Crystal Stoll


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