Congrats: Minister of Youth, Stephen Lashley, presenting Tamika Newton, with an award for being an Outstanding Student. (C. Pitt/BGIS)??

Young people have been encouraged to secure a copy of the National Youth Policy of Barbados once it has completed its process through the Senate.

Minister of Youth, Stephen Lashley, said it was necessary for them to familiarise themselves with the tenets of the Policy to engage all Barbadian youth in personal and national development. "The National Youth Policy is the commitment of a caring Government to taking care of its young people," he stated.

Mr. Lashley made the comments last evening while addressing a graduation ceremony for the Youth Mainstreaming Programme at Savannah Hotel. "My Ministry and I have ensured that the National Youth Policy has been delivered; the next step will be implementing the programmes that will complement the work of the Division of Youth and fully enunciate the policy guidance," he explained.

He assured his audience that through the guidance of the Policy and continuous interaction with all young people in Barbados and other stakeholders, Government would work steadfastly to facilitate the continued development of empowered young people, who were equipped and willing to participate in national development.

Congrats: Minister of Youth, Stephen Lashley, presenting Tamara Adams with her??award. (C. Pitt/BGIS)
Most Improved Student Gabrielle Nurse receiving an award from Minister of Youth, Stephen Lashley. (C. Pitt/BGIS)

The National Youth Policy of Barbados was piloted by Minister Lashley on Tuesday, October 16, 2012. It was developed after extensive discussions, meetings and interaction with young people and stakeholders who are critical to ensuring positive youth development.


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