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Youth Development, Sports, Culture & The Arts

Youth Participation & Governance

Youth Participation & Governance

Grenada has a rich history of youth community involvement. The youth movement has been influenced by both the social-welfare and transformational approaches to youth development. The early movement, largely influenced by the Post Moyne Commission social welfare upsurge, revolved around the 4H clubs, uniformed groups, Police youth clubs, church-based associations, and community-based sporting clubs. Over the years Non-Government Organizations have also made a significant contribution in augmenting state initiated and supported youth development services to Grenadian young people.

Ideological and political sensitivities aside, it must be acknowledged that during the period 1976 and 1983, the Grenadian society experienced an unprecedented upsurge in youth engagement in advocacy, community mobilization and conscientiousness.

During the reign of the Peoples’ Revolutionary Government of 1979-1983, in particular, there was evidence of active youth participation in the community, zonal and national governance processes. During that period the National Youth Organization was very visible and engaged. However, attempts at forming a mass-based National Youth platform since the demise of the revolution has been tepid and mildly successful.

Youth Participation in the governance process is vital to the survival of this country.  Grenadian men and women understand their rights, they can become empowered to engage in civil society, public service and political processes, at all levels. Our programmes will allow our youth to know the channels through which they may exercise their civil and political rights and contribute to decision-making processes that impact their lives. These channels for engagement include formal political processes such as youth advisory boards at the local level, youth parliaments or shadow councils at the national level, and engagement with United Nations processes at the global level, for example.

Other entry points include volunteerism, access to civil service positions and decision-making processes in the public administration, initiatives for transparency and accountability, promotion of human rights, legal reform, support for youth organizations, policy review and use of media, including social media, to increase access to information and collect and report on relevant data

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Youth Participation and Governance Programme will enable the Grenadian Youth to understand their rights; and the importance of engagement in civil society, public service and political processes, at all levels. It will also allow them to know the channels through which they may exercise their civil and political rights and contribute to decision-making processes that impact their lives. These Channels for engagement include formal political processes such as youth advisory boards at the local level, youth parliaments or shadow councils at the national level, and engagement with CARICOM, Commonwealth and UN processes at the global level, for example. Other entry points include volunteerism, access to civil service positions and decision-making processes in the public administration, initiatives for transparency and accountability, promotion of human rights, legal reform, support for youth organizations, policy review and use of media, including Social media, to increase access to information and collect and report on relevant data.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

  • To ensure that there are functioning youth groups; which forms the base of a national youth volunteer network.
  • To ensure that the national youth network contributes to community development through the implementation of the youth-led sustainable project per constituency that address needs to be identified within that constituency.
  • To provide an opportunity for the involvement of youth in national decision-making processes through the implementation of a national youth parliament, district youth councils, national youth council, a national ambassador corp and volunteerism.

KEY INITIATIVES:

  • Strengthening Youth Organisations
  • Supporting Youth Parliament
  • Establish District and National Youth Councils
  • Community Engagement (Youth Pulse)
  • National Youth Ambassadors Project
  • Helping Young People Excel - Youth HYPE
  • Rewarding community work (Youth Inspire)
  • Fostering Level Headed Youth (FLY)