Tobago Youth Build

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The Youthbuild Programme provides free classes to young people that teach useful skills that will help them earn a living and lead more fulfilling and productive lives.  Participants enrol in a six-month training programme in attitudinal development, skills training and service learning.  Participants receive a daily stipend of TT$50.00 while they are trained in areas such as customer service, anger management, creative expression, sexual and reproductive health, literacy and numeracy.  Youthbuild gives young people an alternative to socially destructive behaviour and is a significant tool in crime prevention.

Other classes include:

  • Food Preparation.
  • Garment Construction.
  • Drapery/Soft Furnishing.
  • Music.
  • Floral Arrangements.
  • Straw Work.
  • Ballroom Dancing.
  • Cake Decorating.
  • Steel Pan Music.
  • Classical Dancing.
  • Theatre Arts.
  • Art and Craft.
  • Drumming.
  • Guitar.
  • First Aid.
  • Swimming and Water Safety.

Who qualifies for training?

You must be an unemployed youth who is a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago, and resident in Tobago.

How do I apply?

Please visit your village council where you can choose from a list of classes that are offered in your area.

Where are courses offered?

Courses are held at schools and community centres throughout Tobago and at the Youthbuild Programme Centre.  The Youthbuild Programme Centre is situated on two acres of land in Belle Garden, Tobago.  Its amenities include a lecture hall, library and computer room, beauty culture workshop, craft workshop and kitchen.

Schools or educational institutions that wish to offer Youthbuild classes should contact the Administrator at the Division of Community Development at the address below.

Where can I find more information?

For more information on the Youthbuild programme, please contact one of the offices below:

The Administrator
Culture Department
The Division of Community Development and Culture
Wilson Road
29 Bacolet Street
Tobago, West Indies
Tel. (868) 639-6897/4453/4818/2615
Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:15 pm, Monday to Thursday, and 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on Friday, except public holidays

P.U.S.H (People United to Save our Heritage)
Unit 6, Fairfield Complex
Bacolet Street
Tobago, West Indies
Tel/Fax.  (868) 635-7874
Opening hours: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays


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