CARICOM Youth Ambassador Introduces “Bridging the Gap”
As they continue to leave their legacy, CARICOM Youth Ambassadors here in Dominica have embarked on a new initiative, geared at bringing generations closer.
The initiative entitled “Bridging the Gap” is focused on doing just that – bridging the gap between the younger and senior citizens in our society.
Female Caricom Youth Ambassador, Ms. Natasha Jervier says the idea came to her in a dream.
“I was sitting back thinking of just interacting with my own grandmother and older people and how much fun it was and how much I learnt from them”, she revealed.
The movement involves interaction between the two groups over a period of time.
Participants meet at least once a week but up to three to four times a month doing different activities.
At the end of six (6) months, pairs can be rotated or persons can choose to remain with their partner.
Ms. Jervier hopes that this will help curb the problems among young persons in society, and invites the entire public to come on board and share in this initiative.
Youth and senior volunteers who are interested in working with senior citizens are asked to contact the following persons for inclusion in the project; Natasha Jervier on 277-9234, Deion Anselm on 285-7350, Youth Think Tank Representative Delroy Williams at 225-6367 or the Youth Development Division at 266-3756 or 266-3746.
The age range for young persons is from 15 to 21 (accompanied with a recommendation letter from a community leader) and 65 and older for senior citizens.
The group accommodates persons under the age of sixty-five, as long as they are willing to help positively bring about change in the lives of young persons.