YOUTH EMPOWERMENT DEPARTMENT APPLAUDS SPONSORS AND PARTNERS AT RECEPTION

Basseterre, St. Kitts, December 06, 2019 (SKNIS): Carib Brewery St. Kitts Ltd. was recognized by the Ministry of Youth on Thursday (December 05, 2019) as a key contributor to the success of the government department’s programmes and projects.

The company was presented with the Minister’s Award at the Youth Service Reception held last evening at the Carambola Beach Club.

Contributions by several private and public sector entities as well as private individuals were also recognised. The Director’s Award went to Azilla Clarke; Most Generous Sponsor Award went to Mackie Hazel Funeral Services, Most Outstanding Partner Organization Award went to the Ministry of Education, and Most Outstanding Youth Organization went to the Philadelphia Pathfinders.

Individual awards were presented to Mindesha Challenger as the Most Outstanding Student Volunteer, and Isis Phipps as the Most Outstanding Adult Volunteer. Mrs Phipps was also presented with the Most Remarkable Parent Award, a distinction shared with Clyde Richardson. The Department of Youth Empowerment also used the Youth Service Reception to present certificates to 18 persons, who completed the CPR and First Aid Training session. The training was one of the activities for Youth Month observed in November.

Acting Director of Youth Empowerment, Pierre Liburd, expressed gratitude to the night’s awardees and other contributors noting “for all that you have given, offered, and dedicated. All   of your strengths, talents, energies, creativity, and time towards ensuring the success of our programming.”

Chief Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Darryl Lloyd, commended the staff of the Department of Youth Empowerment for organizing the annual Youth Month celebration. This year’s theme was Empowering our Youth to Follow Their Dreams: Youth Month 2019.  Mr. Lloyd noted that the activities are usually of a very high quality and encouraged the young people to take advantage of the many opportunities offered by the department.

“I recognize in our world that we are always bashing our young people and [some] are always trying to fight down our young people but I declare it over you our young people that you are great, and you are going to do wonders in our beautiful islands,” the CEO stated.

Other activities that marked Youth Month included, a First Aid and CPR Training on November 02; Youth Island Bike Ride on November 03; Minister’s Youth Forum on November 20; The 25 Most Remarkable Teens Awards Ceremony on November 22; High School Chefs’ Competition on November 27; and a March and Rally on November 29.

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