The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment launched its Mentorship programme, Project Protégé on January 30th, 2023.
Project Protégé is an initiative that will provide mentorship and guidance to young people aged 13 to 17, facilitated by knowledgeable and experienced mentors. For the six-month duration of the mentor/mentee alliance, the pairings will be exposed to a series of activities geared towards building and strengthening relationships, and negotiating skills, as well as setting and advancing life goals.
In delivering remarks at the launch held at its Sky Mall, Haggatt Hall, St. Michael office, Minister, the Hon. Charles Griffith stated that 2023 has been designated the Year of the Youth. As a result, the Ministry will roll out a number of projects and initiatives to benefit our young people.
“Government is using this particular project, Project Protégé, as one of the means of taking our young people to a new destination,” the Minister said.
The objectives of Project Protégé include:
- Providing youth with positive role models and support.
- Creating a safe space where youth can find encouragement and guidance.
- Connecting youth with individuals who can help them face everyday challenges.
- Reducing the number of youth who find themselves negatively involved in the justice system.
The official logo of the project was also unveiled and it features an abstract image of a mentor and mentee. Several activities are slated to commence the matching process of 50 mentors and 50 mentees, as part of this project under the Youth Development Programme, over the coming weeks.