NCYD Listens to Street Youth

Date Published: 
Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The NCYD held a Street Youth Stakeholders’ Consultation on Friday, November 19, to listen to young men living and working on the streets. This was to facilitate a deeper understanding of the plight of street youth and to be able to develop programmes tailored to meet the needs of these young people. The youth, aged between 16 and 29 years, stated that they wanted a chance to acquire skills training, formal education and job/entrepreneurial opportunities.

Stakeholders present at the Consultation included the Office of the Children’s Advocate, Child Development Agency, National Youth Service, UNICEF, Children First, Planning Institute of Jamaica and the YMCA.

Mrs. Roberta Brown-Ellis, Director of Youth Policy and Programme Development at NCYD stated that “the Consultation was meaningful as the recommendations came from the street youth themselves and provided insight into their realities”. She stated that a plan of action will come out of this Consultation and very soon, programmes will be created which will target street youth.

Miguel Williams, Senior Programme Development Specialist and organizer of the Consultation explained that the “street youth are often overlooked because of their circumstances but the programmes that will come from these consultations will help to get them back on track to become meaningful contributors to the country.”