Eight teenagers from across the island have now successfully completed the first Prince’s Trust International Team Programme in the Caribbean.
Over the last 12 weeks, the group, which initially started with 12, was engaged in activities to improve personal development, time management, as well as self-confidence and leadership skills.
At yesterday’s celebration ceremony at the Almond Bay Beach Club, project team leader Sergeant Gregory Cadogan encouraged employers to give participants a chance in the world of work.
“Employers, I implore you, open your doors to these type of programmes which would give our youth the opportunity to move forward. Please give them a chance,” he said.
To the participants, his advice was to use what they had learned in the programme in their journey to success.
“It is only the end of the Prince’s Trust Programme for you, but it is the beginning of your journey. Remember to choose the path that you will walk and who you will walk with, carefully. Now go and put into practice what you have learnt during this programme and you will be successful,”
Reanna Broome gave testimony to the impact of the programme on her life.
“I joined this programme due to the fact that I was not working and I wanted to do something positive for myself. As the programme went on, I realized it would benefit me not only for the world of work but also for the future, as I am very keen on meaning new people and trying different things,” she said.
“Today, I am proud of myself for the opportunity to take part in this programme. It made me more confident to communicate with others, to be a team player and trusting myself not to give up on my goals, no matter what comes
Another participant, 18-year-old Shakola Thomas was grateful for the opportunities provided to her.
“When the programme started, my life changed. I met new people and did things I never thought I could have done or achieved,” she said. “I learnt new personalities, which assisted me in becoming a stronger leader. As the weeks went by, I also learned to be open minded to new experiences such as life skills, public speaking and self-confidence and the importance of helping others.”
Featured speaker Assistant Commissioner of Police William Yearwood congratulated the graduates on their achievements, while taking the opportunity to encourage
them to join the Royal Barbados Police Force, which he
said is understaffed.
“We are short of some 200 persons. I can see among [these young people] some who are bordering on being members of the Force. This is one of the things that the administration of the Force is hoping for – that in catering to the young persons in this programme that they will look towards coming to the Force as a means of employment,”