The Youth are central to the establishment and success of a knowledge based economy. The NDP believes in the capacity, willingness, competence, and potential of our Young People and will do our best to empower them to participate in the development process.

  1. Facilitate the establishment of a St. Vincent and the Grenadines Youth Parliament (SVGYP) so as to give the young people a voice.
  2. Appoint a young person to all statutory government boards.
  3. Create a diversified scholarship portfolio in Education and Sports.
  4. Improve and expand skills training utilizing the various multi-purpose and community centres around SVG.
  5. Provide support for all established youth organizations and in particular the International Award for Young People (IAYP) (The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award) assuring that the youngsters have appropriate opportunities for self development.
  6. Revamp and increase the profile of the Family Court so that its ability to effectively deal with young offenders is enhanced.
  7. Integrate the functions of the Family Court, Welfare Department and other youth agencies so that the entities work together and support each other for the benefit of the youth.
  8. Revisit sentencing policy in relation to youth crime.
  9. Explore the viability of establishing a separate facility for young offenders.
  10. Initiate the development of support systems at the community level, providing counseling and parenting guidance for parents and guardians.

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