Over $100,000 provided to students through YICs

Date Published: 
Friday, September 15, 2017

Through partnership with the Brightside Foundation which is a team from the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), Youth Information Centres have been able to faciliate the provision of school supplies and tuition support to five students from the YICs. Approximately $100,000 was provided to these students to cover auxilliary fees, in addition to textbooks and other school supplies.

Chadmar Barnes, Grade 13 student at Herbert Morrison High School with members of the Brightside Foundation

The students who are from Mannings School, Ruseas High School, William Knibb Memorial High School, Herbert Morrisson Technical High School and Knockalva High School were recommended by Youth Empowerment Officer in St. James, Hanover, Westmoreland and Trelawny.

YEO Damian Green noted that the students were selected based on financial need, academic performance and consistent display of discipline and other positive attributes in their schools. 

According to Stephan Latty from the Brightside Foundation, "the students and family members were most elated in receiving their little tokens. As a team we are fulfilled, knowing the sacrifice has made life much easier for others".

The provision of grants and school supplies to the students represent one avenue through which young persons are able to access opportunties through YICs. YEOs who operate these centres continually seek to forge partnerships with a number of entities in the parishes and nationally, towards identifying opportunties for youth. 

As it relates to school support, students are able to access tutorial services and homework assistance. This is in addition to support provided in the preparation of School Based Assessments (SBAs) for CSEC examinations and Internal Assessments (IAs) for CAPE examinations. Students are also able to get information on scholarships and grants through Youth Information Centres.