Fostering Level-Headed Youth (Project FLY) Successfully Piloted in GrenadaFeb 1, 2017
Project Fostering Level-Headed Youth (Project FLY) was conceptualized under the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Citizen Security Initiative. After holding its National Consultation at the Grenada National Stadium in November 2015, the UNDP and the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Religious Affairs were engaged in finalizing the project documentation, project structure and launch. FLY came into effect in June 2016 as a pilot project at Rose Hill in Grenada.
The project was developed and implemented on the back drop of providing training in soft and direct skills to ‘at-risk youth’ in the community of Rose Hill.
At its commencement, Project FLY engaged twenty-five (25) participants who registered for the training, with funding provided by UNDP in the amount of USD$30,000.00. Project FLY was the first at-risk youth pilot project of this nature in Grenada, with outputs focusing on:
1. Improved personal behaviour and social attitude
2. Increased self-employment for young women and men through access to technical and vocational entrepreneurial skills training
In addition to scheduled training activities, project participants visited a youth rehabilitation project at Her Majesty’s Prison, learning from their experiences and taking part in presentations about life choices and sexually transmitted infections. Participants were also a part of the 2016 ‘On-The-Go Project’ where youth groups from Barbados, Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago visited Grenada. During this visit, members of the visiting party and FLY participants shared experiences.
Recommendations have been received for FLY to be replicated with a larger number of at-risk youth.