The Barbados Youth Development Council is on a mission to boost its membership.
In a statement issued yesterday, the organisation’s executive said: “We are strong believers in the gift of giving and all executive members have promised to give of their best for the betterment of the young people in our country because as our motto would suggest; when we build our youth, we develop our country.
“To this end, we are pleased to announce a nationwide membership drive for all those who are already volunteers and members as well as those who would like to take that step and become actively involved with the council and our membership.
“Recently we were asked to explain the benefit of paying the $20 year-long membership fee; and to put it simply, a figure cannot be placed on personal gratification — the feeling one receives upon helping another human being and watching their faces ignite with joy as they express gratitude.
“However, there are so many more benefits to joining the organisation. First of all, the council is a strong promoter of young people helping young people as we strive to enact a positive change of the lives of our younger population thus redounding to the benefit of the country in the future.
“Secondly, membership allows for immense personal growth and development. This is not only provided through the many opportunities for voluntarism that we are privy to and encourage our membership to participate in but also through the continuous connection with people within our network who could be beneficial to you in the future.
“Active participation and membership develops many skills, inclusive of interpersonal communication, time management, compassion and tolerance. It exposes you to a wealth of knowledge and broadens your perspective.”
The BYDC statement described President Cherisse Francis as living proof of the good work of the council “as she has transformed from a shy caterpillar moving slowly along the leaves of the tree of life into a beautiful butterfly soaring to new heights and possibilities”.
“The council facilitated this transformation…,” it added. “Our Public Relations Officer, Christopher Morgan, also benefitted from the opportunities offered by the council where he was the first Barbadian to attend the Global Youth Summit hosted by the British Council, giving him access to 59 other young people who attended the same year as he and this was an opportunity he never would have been availed to, had it not been the council.”
Young Barbadians interested in joining the BYDC are being encouraged to utilise the organisation’s membership forms on Facebook or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Membership is open to people between the ages of 15 and 29. This Saturday, April 6 there will be a special membership drive in the National Housing Corporation’s training room at Country Road from 10 a.m. to noon.