UNDP Youth-IN encourages Caribbean youth to take disaster preparedness seriouslyAug 3, 2012
The auditorium at St. Leonard’s Boys School was the venue for a special concert last Saturday, a region-wide initiative called “Spice It Up – Sing for Preparedness,” which focused on encouraging youth to not only volunteer for non-governmental organisations (NGOs), but to assist in preparing for any natural or man-made catastrophes across the Caribbean.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Youth-IN marshaled forces with the Barbados Red Cross Society and with support from the Barbadian private and public sectors to make the event a success – appealing to and getting support from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, the Royal Shop along with Corporate Social Responsibility shown by the Barbados Light and Power Company Ltd.
Youth volunteering for community projects presents many opportunities for young people to make valuable contributions in society, yet reaching these young persons via previously traditional methods to get them to willingly take part in disaster preparedness and response, has been an uphill climb, said Lara Blanco UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, that is why the contest was devised – so as to reach this group which comprises 60% of the population of the Caribbean.
The competition’s success is crucial for future endeavours when one realizes how susceptible this region is to weather and tectonic phenomena, Ms. Blanco said.
“Spice It Up” is part of the UNDP Youth-IN Sub-regional Volunteerism Campaign which aims to mobilize young people to volunteer to reduce our vulnerability in Caribbean Island States.
Youth-IN: A Caribbean Network for Youth Development project is part of a larger UNDP Barbados and OECS programme, advancing youth participation in governance.
The initiative seeks to strengthen capacities in youth, entrepreneurship, creative industries, gender, culture and sports through involving Twitter and Facebook as a means of increasing younger generation contribution via these popular social media networking engines.
The victorious tune from the competition, Spice it Up, sung by Danielle Gibson, will be filmed for video distribution, while the five best songs from each country, including Barbados and Grenada, will be recorded in a professional studio to be placed on one disk, this in turn will be distributed to schools, National Disaster Agencies, Media and donor agencies throughout the Caribbean.
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