Government and young people are coming together to share their concerns about occurrences of crime and violence in this country and to suggest ways of addressing these issues.

To this end, the National Youth Forum will stage a general meeting on Saturday, November 20 at Solidarity House, Harmony Hall, St. Michael. The discussion forms part of the organisation’s continuing mandate to educate the youth and to give them a voice in this country’s development. It gets under way at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 1:00 p.m.

Minister of Family, Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley will give an overview of the Draft National Youth Policy and answer any questions posed, while the Royal Barbados Police Force will take centre stage in examining related issues.?? The various stakeholders in youth development within safe communities will also be on hand to answer queries.

The symposium will be another opportunity for young persons between 15 and 29 to present their views on crime and violence in this country; examine its causes, determine what can be done to address these issues; and identify what young men and women can do to prevent such occurrences.

The National Youth Forum is designed to give young people a chance to identify how best to improve their lives and ways of actively contributing to national development. It is one of Government’s key policy initiatives and is aimed at ensuring that all Barbadian youth are involved and engaged in the conceptualisation, development and implementation of the National Youth Policy.

This event follows the creation of the National Youth Forum on July 4, the establishment of an Interim Steering Committee; and extensive discussion of the aspirations of youth.

For further information on the National Youth Forum, visit the website or telephone the Ministry of Family, Culture, Sports and Youth at 430-2813.??

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