Launch of Creativity for Employment and Business Opportunity

Chief Youth Development Officer, Mr. John Roach

After a year of planning and working on the development of a youth entrepreneurship training manual with the CARICOM Secretariat, work has been completed.

The manual which is titled “Creativity for Employment and Business Opportunity (CEBO)”, is an initiative which targets at risk youth ages 16 to 29 years old.

Speaking at a launch of the pilot program held on Monday November 19th, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Honourable Justina Charles, pointed out that this program which has been piloted in Guyana, Belize, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis has sparked the creative potential among the Caribbean youth.

Mrs. Charles says this also broadens the scope for business opportunities which can go beyond our boundaries.

She applauded the group of young women who came forward to participate in CEBO workshop, and advised them that although it may be tough, they must weather the storm as they will be the ones reaping the benefits.

CARICOM Representative Doctor Hilary Brown challenged the participants to make this pilot program as good as or even better than that of those which she has been to previously.

Doctor Brown said that this CEBO program came from a project idea which is called “Second Chances.”

She said Second Chances came about as they realize there are a lot of young people, who sometimes do not get the opportunity to accomplish the goals and targets they set for their lives.

Some of the sponsors of CEBO are the Government of Japan, the Government of Italy, and the Government of the United States through USAID.

She added that this workshop is very important, as they will teach the participants to develop business plans which can be taken to the market to acquire funding.

Chief Youth Development Officer, Mr. John Roach says the program is targeted to unemployed single mothers, which is a decision based on a recommendation in consultation of the staff of the Dominica Youth Business Trust (DYBT).

The DYBT training team for the week comprises of Mr. Brendan Defoe, Ms. Natasha Yeeloy, Ms. Caesarina Paul, and Ms. Natasha Jervier amongst others.

Me. Roach mentioned that they will also be joined via Skype by the Dean of the Caribbean Youth Ambassadors Mr. Dwayne Gutzmer from Jamaica during the week, as well as other CARICOM Youth Ambassadors and Entrepreneurs in the region.

The CARICOM-CEBO team will provide support to the training team, and in addition the Bank of CEBO will be opened on Wednesday November 21st to offer the participants attractive loan packages.

The week of activities will come to a close with a closing ceremony on Friday November 23rd.

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