YDP - Youth Achieving Results Programme
During the period under review, the Youth Achieving Results (YAR) Performing and Visual Arts Programme was conducted the theme “Our Youth, Our Environment…A Priceless Heritage”.
The Youth Achieving Results Programme is designed to use creative arts as a means of economic mobility and social development. The programme targets primarily young adults aged 16-30 years deemed to be “at risk” or otherwise marginalised from the mainstream, who as a result of their limited qualifications in academics have found a need for positive, alternative ways of progressing in the society. Training in the specific discipline being studied is complemented with courses on Entrepreneurial Studies and Personal Development. Each participant has to showcase their new found skills in a public forum in order to demonstrate their development over their course of study. They are also required to enter the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) held annually in November where they compete against a standard of excellence for a further objective assessment of their skills.
Through the creative arts, it is the intention of the programme to develop young persons to a standard where they can begin to be entrepreneurs in their respective disciplines. For example, music bands have been formed; visual artists have been developed to become consistent producers and exhibitors of their work; performing artists have grown to gain regular income from their craft. All in all, many young persons, via the YAR programme have become part of the creative arts industries in Barbados.
Assessments were made of each participant to facilitate tutors review of not only the development of technical skills but also ‘soft skills’ that prepares them for interacting in a work and social environment. Punctuality, teamwork, attendance were rated and considered in determining the final graduation list. Tutors were also assessed by the students to determine the level of success each had from the students’ perspective with imparting their knowledge
- Participation in the NCF Crop Over bus tour.
- Visits by the Visual Arts class to the performance showcases.
- Visits by the Performance students to the Visual Arts classes.
- Both classes hosting a youth group from England at the NCF dance studio.
All such activities bore much fruit in cementing friendships among the groups while building knowledge relevant to their specific programmes and the following courses were conducted:
- Voice Training
- Nail Care
- Garment Construction/Textiles
- Calabash Art
- Leather Craft/Innovations
- Wood Carving/Sculpting