USAID Launches Program to Improve Youth Justice Systems the Eastern Caribbean

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 USAID Launches Program to Improve Youth Justice Systems the Eastern Caribbean

The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development Eastern and Southern Caribbean (USAID/ESC) is pleased to announce a new US$5.3 million grant to the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission to implement the Opportunities to Advance and Support Youth for Success (OASYS) project in the Eastern Caribbean over the next four years.

The project aims to reduce crime and violence rates among young people across the Eastern Caribbean and will focus on strengthening youth justice systems in Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

OASYS will strengthen existing, and invest in new, programs that provide skills development, psychosocial support, and family interventions for youth in conflict with the law through collaborations with government and non-government partners, civil society organizations, and the private sector.

OASYS will also support partner countries to implement and institutionalize a case management system to monitor young offenders from their initial contact with law enforcement through to his/her successful reintegration into society.

At the project launch in Saint Lucia, Acting USAID/ESC Regional Representative David Billings emphasized, “The United States is committed to working with the OECS, national governments, civil society organizations, the private sector, and most importantly young people and their communities, to provide opportunities for youth to succeed.”

In her remarks at the signing ceremony, Dr. Carlene Radix, Head of the Human and Social Division for the OECS, commented, “The OECS and USAID Youth Justice Project expands on earlier initiatives which contributed to the transformation of the child justice landscape, and allows for the strengthening of implementation in the spirit of the existing legislation and with the collaboration of the community.”

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    “….to implement the Opportunities to Advance and Support Youth for Success (OASYS) project in the Eastern Caribbean over the next four years.”

    “God and Nature first made us what we are, and then out of our own created genius we make ourselves what we want to be. Follow always that great law. Let the sky and God be our limit and Eternity our measurement.”

    “A people (youths) without knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”

    Everything in life is related to STEM.
    Our education system MUST PRIORITIZE STEM – the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics – and business curriculum powered by our OECS and Caricom creative Arts in EVERY PUBLIC SCHOOL and INSTITUTION year-round – in school, after school activities, summer.

    Our economic growth and social development REQUIRE that transformation to STEM and business principles, Pre-K to Tertiary, from the colonial education for elite management and unskilled labor. In the near future, unskilled labor (muscle) will be expendable and obsolete. Most jobs with routine, repetitive work will be replaced by automation and robots.
    We must get rid of our STEM INFERIORITY COMPLEX! STEM is achievable and rewarding for everyone, man and woman. We must want to know STEM and business principles so that we can apply the knowledge mixed with our talent and entrepreneurial spirit, as a career choice, to start and build business enterprises and get things done to produce something of value.

    Save our Humanity, Save our Youths, Save our Environment, Save our Soil!!!

    Respect.

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