Project S.O.F.T (Safeguarding Our Future Today) 2014, will kick off on Monday, August 25, at the Valley Resource Centre, The Valley, St. George.

Hosted by the National Council on Substance Abuse (NCSA), the one-week day camp is designed to prepare students who just completed the Common Entrance Examination for entry into secondary school.

On Monday, August 25, at 10:30 a.m., the students will engage in a Staying Drug Free session, led by Programme Officer at the NCSA, Paulavette Atkinson. That same day at 11:00 a.m., officials from the Caribbean Development Bank will present a cheque to Project S.O.F.T.

Representative of the Youth Development Department, Fabian Sargeant, will then seek to enlighten students about HIV and AIDS during an interactive session beginning at 1:00 p.m.

The following day, Tuesday, August 26, Social Worker with the Barbados Family Planning Association, Kerri-Ann Hurley, will speak to students on Adolescent Development and Abstinence, at 9:00 a.m.??Later that day, Social Worker, Mosiah Hoyte, will address them on Conflict Resolution and Decision-Making Skills, from 1:00 p.m.

On Wednesday, August 27, Community Programme Officer at the NCSA, Makeada Bourne, will deliver a presentation on Stress Management, beginning at 9:00 a.m., while Public Relations Officer at the Sanitation Service Authority, Carl Padmore, will address the topic: The Environment and You, at 1:00 p.m.

The students will be treated to the Dining Club Experience when they visit The Dining Club, Newton Industrial Estate, Christ Church, on Thursday, August 28, from 9:30 a.m. until noon. When the young people return to the Valley Resource Centre, Police Constable and NCSA Volunteer, Rasheed Drakes, will speak on the topic: Healthy Choices ??? Controlling Your Anger, from 1:00 p.m.

As the camp reaches its end, Mr. Hoyte will return on Friday, August 29, to present on the topic: Peer Pressure and Peer Refusal Skills, from 9:00 a.m.??Later that day, Acting Manager of the NCSA, Wendy Greenidge, will deliver brief remarks during the closing ceremony and showcase of the students??? work, beginning at 2:00 p.m.

In addition, all students participating will take part in creative sessions in dance, drama, singing and beauty care from Monday, August 25, until Thursday, August 28, beginning at 2:30 p.m. each day.??The 13th annual Project S.O.F.T. camp will be held under the theme: Healthy Youth???Healthy Community???Healthy Workforce.

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