A Youth Assessment Survey, aimed at reaching the pulse of disengaged youth across the island, is currently under way and should be completed in the not too distant future.

According to?? Minister?? of?? Family,?? Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen?? Lashley,?? the survey,?? targeting?? some 1,000 young people, is?? one of the planks of an aggressive, multi-faceted programme which the Ministry?? is embarking on to?? curtail escalating youth?? crime and deviance on the island.

"The survey, in the first instance, is meant to target 1,000 young persons across Barbados who are not engaged in any productive activity. As you know, these persons – the ones who are unemployed, tend to be the vulnerable groups. They?? have a lot of free time, and our intention was to find out from them their areas of interest, and to use this data to help with the structure of our projects and programmes.

"This particular survey is almost finished. We have?? interviewed approximately?? 700 persons, and we are aiming for a total of 1000. To help us with a continuous programme this will be repeated, so,?? we will aim for another 1,000 until we can really get problem flushed out," the Minister underscored.

In addition to gleaning youth concerns and needs relative to employment and training, Mr. Lashley stressed that the instrument would also illicit respondents’ views on various subjects including youth deviance, as well as on?? ways in which Government could be of assistance to them.

The Minister was speaking at a recent follow-up meeting?? with Commissioner of Police, Darwin Dottin, and other high-ranking officials of the Royal Barbados Police Force, convened to address the way forward.

The survey, which commenced in November last year, polled males and females from electoral districts across the island.????


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