The National Youth Volunteerism Programme (NYVP) seeks to develop and nurture a sense of caring, giving and pride in the young persons of Trinidad and Tobago through involvement in meaningful volunteer projects which contribute to self, community and national development. This Programme is basically intended to:
- Revitalise the innate spirit of giving, altruism, community and national pride among young persons.
- Advocate for the recognition of the work of youth volunteers.
- Work with relevant partners (civil society organizations) to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and
- Mobilise an increasing number and diversity of youth volunteers in community-building projects throughout Trinidad and Tobago.
Examples of activities implemented include a National Youth Volunteerism Fair in commemoration of International Volunteer Day: IVD December 05 and several outreach volunteerism programmes in communities throughout Trinidad, which resulted in individuals registering as volunteers and youth organisations being registered to become involved in volunteer projects. Several Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) have been enlisted and have agreed to provide spaces and opportunities for youth volunteers. There have also been three beach clean-ups in the communities of Moruga, Siparia and Blanchisseuse. The Ministry continues to invite interested persons to get involved in this worthwhile and meaningful programme.