The Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs is indeed happy to join the international community in commemorating the 21st anniversary of International Youth Day (IYD 2020), under the Theme: “Youth Engagement for Global Action”.
This Theme highlights how “the engagement of young people at the local, national and global levels is enriching national and multilateral institutions and processes”. It also underscores the importance of youth representation and engagement at the formal institutional level.
IYD 2020 seeks to shed light on the need to engage our youth, and for institutions to be more inclusive to strengthen their capacity to achieve global action.
As the international community works assiduously toward realising the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, through the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs, has committed to developing strategies and policies that acknowledge and empower young people as part of the solution.
We at the Ministry believe that investing in our youth plays a crucial role in the successful life cycle of future generations and leadership of our twin-island State. Our policy for youth development is geared towards increased youth participation in all aspects of sustainable development of Trinidad and Tobago and the region. As such, we continue with our mission to enhance the quality of life for our nation’s youth, by developing programmes to encourage them.
The most recent of our programmes, MPowerTT, seeks to empower and mentor young men between the ages of 16 and 29 and enhance their outlook on life, through positive interaction with successful male role models in our society. Thus far, we have reached over 425 young men from 10 communities across Trinidad and Tobago, and will continue to engage them virtually as we circumnavigate the Covid-19 pandemic.
MPowerTT has added to our cast of equally vibrant and successful youth-centred initiatives including:
- 40 Under 40, which supports youth entrepreneurship and professional development, through conversation with 40 Youth Development Influencers under the age of 40, who share their knowledge and experiences.
- LEEAP - the Life Skills, Employability, Entrepreneurship, Activism and Patriotism Programme, which provides skills training to young people, to help them successfully transition to adulthood and contribute to national development.
- GCYE - the Global Campaign for Youth Employment that promotes youth entrepreneurship through two components: the School Enterprise Challenge and the Apprenticeship-Internship-Mentorship (AIM) High Programme.
- National Youth Awards, which recognizes and celebrates myriad accomplishments of our nation’s youth, by rewarding their contributions to national development, and acts as a vision board of inspiration, optimism and hope for the youth population.
IYD 2020 also marks the starting point for our newly appointed CARICOM Youth Ambassadors, Ms. Renee Atwell and Mr. Keigon Denoon, who are tasked with the responsibility to highlight the concerns of our youth population, by redefining and creating innovative opportunities for youth representation at the highest levels of leadership. The Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs is committed to supporting Ms. Atwell and Mr. Denoon who are both eager to accelerate the advancement of our youth, regionally.
This International Youth Day, the Ministry encourages each of you, from corporate to community, to engage and empower our youth, inspire their interests and nurture their goals, so they become invested in themselves, their community and their country.
Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha, Nigerian Educator and Author once said “youth are our arrows to the future”. Let us be the hands that guide their aim.<'p>
We at the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs will remain committed to the empowerment of our youth and the advancement of the youth development agenda for Trinidad and Tobago.
Happy International Youth Day 2020!
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The Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs (MSYA) is in the process of developing a new National Youth Policy, and is therefore inviting members of the public, particularly the youth, youth-led stakeholders and youth-serving stakeholders, to submit comments on both the new National Youth Policy 2018-2023-Working Document and the older National Youth Policy 2012-2017 Document. These comments will assist the Ministry in determining whether there are additional needs, requirements or gaps to be addressed in the new Policy, focusing specifically on youth between the ages of 12 to 29 years of age.
The National Youth Policy is part of Trinidad and Tobago’s obligation as a signatory to a number of regional and international declarations. It represents the single authority for the Government’s voice on all matters related to youth development and provides direction for youth advancement and empowerment. At present the National Youth Policy, 2012-2017 is still being utilized to provide strategic direction to effect Government’s priorities in the areas of youth advancement and development, until the new National Youth Policy, 2018-2023 is completed and approved.
The formulation of a new National Youth Policy necessitates a consultative and interactive process with key stakeholders. The MSYA has hosted thirteen (13) consultations across both Trinidad and Tobago thus far, and the findings from these have been captured in the document entitled “National Youth Policy 2018-2023 - Working Document” which has been posted on the Ministry’s Website https://www.msya.gov.tt/ alongside a copy of the National Youth Policy, 2012-2017.
An invitation is now being extended to you to participate in the consultation and feedback process. You may do so by sending your views, opinions and recommendations to the email addresses provided and/or our social media platforms. The Ministry regards our stakeholders’ input as valuable and thank you in advance for your assistance.
Click here for the National Youth Policy Working Document.
Click here to complete our online Youth Survey.
2012 - 2017 National Youth Policy
Learn more about our vision for youth in the National Youth Policy.
Nominations have opened for the 2020 Commonwealth Youth Awards which will see winners awarded a cash grant to scale-up development work benefiting their communities.
Are you a young change maker that fits the below criteria? Do not miss out on the opportunity to nominate yourself or a youth leader working on achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in your community
Nominees Must be:
- aged 15 to 29 years;
- a citizen of a Commonwealth member country;
- been engaged in development work for more than 12 months - either in a professional or voluntary capacity;
- have a strong track record of implementing innovative ideas and linking their development work and its impact to one of the 17 SDGs;
- have demonstrated an understanding of the importance of youth engagement in key areas of development.
The 2020 finalists will receive a trophy, a certificate and cash grants to help them continue their development work.
All finalists will be awarded £1,000. Each selected regional winner will receive an additional £2,000, bringing their total win to £3,000. The Commonwealth Young Person of the Year will also receive an additional cash grant of £2,000, bringing her/his total award to £5,000.
Click here for more information and to submit a nomination.
The Ministry, as the coordinating Agency for youth development in Trinidad and Tobago, is seeking to contract the services of a Consultant for the development of a National Youth Policy for Trinidad and Tobago.
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Term of Office: 1st August, 2019 to 31st July 2022.
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Youth Ambassador Programme (CYAP) is a mechanism for promoting youth participation and partnership in regional integration and in broad socio-economic development processes.
CARICOM Youth Ambassadors (CYAs) are a network of young leaders mandated by CARICOM Heads of Governments to advocate for and educate young people about regional priorities including HIV and AIDS and the CARICOM Single Market and Economy. Their role is to address youth issues at the national level whilst bringing said issues to the attention of their respective Governments.
Persons interested in serving as CARICOM Youth Ambassadors should:
- Be between the ages of 18 to 25.
- Be a resident national of Trinidad & Tobago
- Be able to commit to serve as CYA for a minimum of two (2) years and a maximum term of three (3) years.
- Be an active member of a bonafide Youth Group/Organization.
- Have no competing commitments including family responsibilities and further (overseas) education plans for the next 2 – 3 years.
- Be able to articulate and able to effectively represent their country and relate to the youth networks and masses at home
- Possess appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes on youth development issues and places a high value on learning and ongoing development;
- Have a clear understanding and appreciation of the socio-economic structure of the Caribbean region, the political systems governing Caribbean people and the role of CARICOM in promoting regional integration;
- Possess or is committed to acquiring a wide range of leadership skills including consensus building, facilitation of meetings, planning and project cycle development, monitoring and evaluation, report/proposal writing, action research, media interface and advocacy
- Be proactive in marketing the CYAP and strengthening networking linkages with Retired CYAs, Departments of Youth Affairs, NYCs, Ministries of CARICOM Affairs, Community Youth Organisations/NGOs, and other stakeholders
- Regularly shares ideas, skills and experiences with CYAs, NYCs, other youth organisations/NGOs at all levels and seeks to integrate CARICOM goals and priorities into their respective work plans;
- Be able to mobilize resources to support the implementation of the local work plan
Click here for the CARICOM Youth Ambassador application form.
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