Eleven of the island’s youth organizations congregated at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre today for the first youth expo hosted by the Barbados Youth Development Council (BYDC).
The event aimed to highlight the youth committees which are accessible to young people, as well as promote businesses led by young people. It also included a series of discussions by organisation such as Junior Chambers International which explored the value of volunteerism, and the Youth Advocacy Movement which addressed the topic of sexual health.
Speaking from the CARICOM Youth Ambassador’s booth, local representative Zuwena Perry told Barbados TODAY that such forums were necessary to create awareness among the youth and general public.
“Persons don’t know of the youth organizations that are available out there. I often encounter persons who say I wish I could have volunteered…there are organizations out there that suit many different needs,” she said.
Perry added that a greater effort is needed to promote regional integration.
“CARICOM is going to benefit us at this age range and our generation to come. We are the ones who are going to benefit from hassle free travel, spending six months in another country…we benefit from that” she said.
Patrons also got the opportunity to learn more about the Muslim culture from the Barbados Association of Muslim Women.
Acting president of the youth arm, Saamiya Cumberbatch said the organization focused on motivating Muslim girls to pursue tertiary education.
The six-year-old organisation has participated in community outreach programmes and charities such as I Am A Girl’s True Beauty workshop. (KK)