Several jobless young women from Weston, St James are to benefit from a 13-week programme that provides them not only with life skills but a chance to make some money.
Last Wednesday at the Weston Resource Centre, the FACE IT makeup artistry project was launched for the young women thanks to the Youth Development Programme in the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth.
Monique James, youth commissioner for the constituency and the person who spearheaded the initiative told Barbados TODAY, the programme targeted unemployed females in the small northern community.
“It is a project being done in a number of areas in Barbados. After doing my community walk through . . . I recognised there were many ladies who are unemployed and are young mothers.
“I said that makeup is something that they would be interested in, it’s the in thing now. I was having a discussion with a young lady by the name of Nicole and she said everybody down here is into makeup, ‘we don’t do it correct but if we can learn the right way to do it, it would be perfect’.”
James said apart from teaching makeup skills, the young ladies can use their new talents to become entrepreneurs.
“It is also to create self-employment . . . . I’m not just giving them the skill of makeup artistry. I believe in making well rounded individuals, so the first three weeks of the programme will be based on life skills and decision-making, setting goals and understanding who you really are, as well as public speaking.”
Delivering a short motivational speech to the participants, telecommunications officer and co-founder of the NOAH Charity, Alicia Trotman urged the ladies to not focus on excellence.
“Excellence is a journey . . . . Everybody’s goal is to be rich, but if we harvest certain qualities, we never have to chase money, money will chase us,” Trotman told the young ladies.
“I want you the participants to be committed to your craft. Be positive and surround yourself with positive people, be kind to others, those are things that will get you to be where you want to be in life,” Trotman added.
Participants were presented with starter kits containing hair products, condoms and brochures.