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‘Bridging the Gap’ project formally launched

first_img Share Share Share LocalNews ‘Bridging the Gap’ project formally launched by: – June 16, 2014 Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! 23 Views   no discussions (L-R) Natasha Jervier, CARICOM Youth Ambassador, CARICOM/OECS Ambassador Felix Gregoire and Deion Anselm CARICOM Youth AmbassadorA project aimed at closing the generation gap between elderly citizens in society and young people, has been formally launched.On Saturday, June 14 2014, the ‘Bridging the Gap’ project was launched with a cocktail at the Windsor Park Stadium.It was attended by the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Justina Charles, Youth Division officials, CARICOM Youth Ambassadors Deon Anselm and Natasha Jervier, senior citizens and youth. Speaking at Saturday’s launching, project coordinator Natasha Jervier said the idea for the project was birthed from reminiscing on her grandparents and realizing how much senior citizens have to offer.“I decided that our young people should enjoy the pleasures that I have enjoyed of interactions with the many older people who have walked through my life and that our seniors should experience the joy of at least one young person who is there for them,” Jervier said. The objectives of ‘Bridging the Gap’, she informed, are to create an avenue for young people to learn from the elders in society and to teach young people to value volunteerism and service to others.It also aims to provide basic assistance to the elderly, to get young people who will document stories of the heroes in their lives and most of all to bridge the generation gap that exists between our seniors and young people. The youth and senior citizens will meet once a week for six months and then possibly switch.This project ran under the CARICOM Youth Ambassadors program is managed by both CARICOM Youth Ambassadors. There are also liaison officers whose role is to supervise and monitor their peers while providing assistance where necessary. They are to meet with the peers at mid-term to conduct an activity and to evaluate what works and doesn’t work. “So far individuals have been meeting frequently and are having a great experience. There has been positive feedback from both the seniors and the young people involved,” Jervier said.She noted however that there are young people calling to be part of this program but cannot join because of a shortage of grandparents to adopt them. “I urge the seniors here to encourage your friends to invest in the lives of at least one young person,” she said. Jervier thanked all those that that put hard work and resources in making this project a reality especially the head sponsor Dominica Vibes. She reminded and invited other businesses and organizations that “now is the time for planting and investing in our youth”.Meanwhile, Minister for Culture, Youth and Sports Justina Charles, who congratulated the CARICOM Youth Ambassadors on the project, said it is a demonstration of their leadership skills and willingness to give back to the youth.“I am happy that you are initiating a link from which our young people can benefit tremendously. This is the link between the youth and the seniors”.“Our seniors are the ones who have shaped our present and we can safely say our future. They have created the path, set the stone and laid the foundation and we must first thank them,” the Minister said. – / 15Dominica Vibes Newslast_img

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