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The Role of CARICOM on Regional Challenges Among Youth

The Caribbean Youth Summit is into its second day. We had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Hilary Brown,Program Manager for Culture and Community Development at the CARICOM Secretariat, about issues that are prevalent in the regional youth community and how CARICOM is addressing them. Brown mentioned that sixty percent of the Caribbean’s population is comprised of the youth community and therefore it is of utmost importance to address issues directly related to them.

DR HILARY BROWN

“Specific to issues that we have been experiencing is really crime and violence. We also have a bit of health issues in terms of, and I will say more the emotional psychological aspect in terms of the level of preparedness of our youth and I think we are making strides in terms of how we are addressing these things. In terms of crime and violence there is a specific program that has to do with community renewal and it speaks specifically to our youth group as well as it spreads to the wider community but we have been working with our young people so that they are better able to equip themselves because you know there is a link between education, poverty and crime and so we have been working with these groups so that they can advance themselves, become better educated so that we can minimize crime and violence in the communities specifically that will literally spread throughout our country and improve the conditions.”

To address issues that are affecting the youth community, regional leaders formed the CARICOM Youth Development Plan that outlines six areas of development specifically for the youth community of the Caribbean.

DR HILARY BROWN

“Specific to issues that we have been experiencing is really crime and violence. We also have a bit of health issues in terms of, and I will say more the emotional psychological aspect in terms of the level of preparedness of our youth and I think we are making strides in terms of how we are addressing these things. In terms of crime and violence there is a specific program that has to do with community renewal and it speaks specifically to our youth group as well as it spreads to the wider community but we have been working with our young people so that they are better able to equip themselves because you know there is a link between education, poverty and crime and so we have been working with these groups so that they can advance themselves, become better educated so that we can minimize crime and violence in the communities specifically that will literally spread throughout our country and improve the conditions.”

The Youth development Plan sees government implementing actions and reporting on the success of those initiatives.

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