SocialInnov4Change Ideation Workshop to be held in Saint Lucia

Aug 5, 2015

Last year, youth of Saint Kitts and Nevis had the opportunity to be a part of the SocialInnov4change initiative, implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Sub-regional Office for Barbados and the OECS. This year, UNDP takes the programme to Saint Lucia where two groups will take-part.

SocialInnov4Change provides a forum for youth to discuss and find solutions for problems which exist within their communities. These ideation workshops will specifically assist them in identifying solutions to crime in St. Lucia.

Youth crime data from St. Lucia puts a conservative estimate of annual government expenditures in tangible costs which amounts to approximately US$25 million. Further, the Bordelais Correctional Facility was built to accommodate 475 inmates; at the moment the facility is 38.3% over capacity with a current complement of 646 inmates. The need for innovative solutions to crime in St. Lucia is evident.

The sessions begin on August 11 with presentations on social issues via theatre in education and round up with ideation exercises. These methods are utilised to encourage youth to strategize and develop ideas in non-traditional ways in order to implement concepts which bring resolve to local concerns.   On International Youth Day – August 12 - a second workshop will be conducted, following the format of the first. UNDP will also launch a call for ideas on that day.

Youth are invited to submit ideas by September 25 in order to be considered for grants of US$2,000 which should be used for implementation. Groups will be asked to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges in order to progress to the final round, following which, finalist will take part in an Innovation Camp from October 13 to 15. Five groups will be awarded grants by the panel’s decision and one will be selected by crowd voting.

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