To address the concerns, issues, aspirations and prospects of all young people within the mandated nine (9) to twenty-nine (29) age group.
All programmes of the Youth Development Programme are created based on information collected during the National Youth Surveys, co-ordinated consultations and seminars ongoing interaction with youth within their communities.
Under the Youth Development Programme, Barbados is divided into four zones, each headed by a Senior Youth Commissioner and into thirty-two (32) districts individually serviced by thirty-two (32) Youth Commissioners. Each district consists of approximately three thousand (3,000) young people with YDP’s target group.
The Role of the Youth Commissioner
- To identify, collect and maintain basic information on all young people between ages nine (9) and twenty-nine (29).
- To facilitate the realisation of the creative potential of young people, by mobilising, guiding and channelling their access to a wide range of government and non-governmental services.
- To promote, mobilise and extend the activities and membership of youth groups and organisations in their districts.
- To work with young men and women who are not members of an organised group.
- To assist or work with youth-related governmental and non-governmental agencies.
- To maintain a directory of all services and programmes available in Barbados relevant to the needs of young people.
- To maintain a directory of youth and community organisations.
Annual Events and Services
- Community projects
- Community productions
- Community sports and cultural training programmes
- Facilitation services for individuals and organisations
- Secretariat services for youth and community groups
- Sports rallies
- The garden project
- The national consultation on youth
- Training programmes for youth and community groups
- Youth Achieving Results (YAR) Programme