Barbadians who are interested in serving as this year’s CARICOM Youth Ambassadors may now apply for the two posts offered to this country.

Candidates should be resident nationals of Barbados, be between the ages of 16 and 30 years and be actively involved in a youth organisation at the community or national level.

Application forms are available from the Ministry of Youth, Family and Sports or via e-mail Completed forms should be submitted by Friday, May 15, to CARICOM Youth Ambassadors, c/o The Director, Division of Youth Affairs and Sports, Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, Elsie Payne Complex, Constitution Road, St. Michael. Further information may also be obtained by calling 430-2809.

The CARICOM Youth Ambassadors Programme is the community’s institutional arrangement for deepening levels of youth partnership and participation in integration and development processes. It aims to create a cadre of young leaders equipped with knowledge, skills, values and attitudes to educate the youth about regional issues and empower them to take advantage of and contribute to opportunities under the Caribbean community’s programmes. The initiative also seeks to advocate for the rights of young people and for the development and implementation of sustainable national and regional policies and programmes.

Its purpose is also to integrate youth perspectives and encourage their participation in the community’s broader social and economic development systems and promote regional identity and citizenship among young people.

The main duties of the CARICOM Youth Ambassador are to promote advocacy, outreach and peer education. The ambassadors also contribute to technical and policy-making meetings convened by CARICOM organisations and partner agencies.

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