The National Youth Council of Dominica has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the United Way, Trinidad and Tobago in an effort to fund a project dubbed, “Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies”.
United Way Trinidad & Tobago (UWTT) is a national non-profit organization which mobilizes resources to serve Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) that deliver social services in Trinidad and Tobago. Established under the auspices of United Way International, UWTT is dedicated to the advancement of society.
The MOU was signed , with support from the Climate Resilience Execution Agency of Dominica (CREAD) on Tuesday 11th June 2019.
Speaking with DA Vibes, President of the National Youth Council of Dominica, Paul Baron, conveyed that the US$275,000.00 project aims to engage young persons in positive extra-curricular activities aimed at growing healthy minds and bodies.
“One of the deficiencies that we found as it relates to youth development is that particularly, when a student finishes school, they have very little to do. So we thought that if we are able to engage young persons in positive extra- curricular activities, it will help develop healthy minds and healthy bodies,” he said.
Baron further expressed that despite the activity being firstly implemented within three communities, there are plans in place for island-wide implementation.
“What we in fact, would want to do, after the successful implementation of the project, we could utilize it as a model and replicate it across the various communities in Dominica.”
‘Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies’ is prepared to be launched in Newtown, Soufriere and the Kalinago Territory.
Baron also mentioned that the National Youth Council of Dominica is seeking to recruit a coordinator who will be responsible for managing the day-to-day activities with support of it’s secretariat.
“I believe this is a hallmark moment for Dominica and Dominican Youth,” he concluded.