Sep 18, 2010 News
As part of their final year project, students pursuing the Bachelors of Science Degree in Social Work at the University of Guyana were recently tasked with conducting a community development project.
In this regard they chose to work with teenagers, from Youth Challenge Guyana (YCG), a non-governmental organization, who were from different backgrounds, worked together and shared ideas.
According to Natasha Dundas, one of the group members, “we thought it best, to conduct a needs assessment to ascertain the needs and interest of the group (youths at YCG)…in doing this we were able to recognise that there was a need to have skills training.
Participants were exposed to assertiveness training and self-esteem building and they were also exposed to skills training, such as tie-dye and carpentry. In addition the youths were exposed to educational discussions intended to empower the group on topics of interest to them and in which they thought they were lacking knowledge, such as the different types of abuse.
It was discovered that many of the youths were not aware of the many forms of abuse. For this reason educational sessions covered the many forms of abuse and its effects as well as how to detect the signs of an abuser.
Dundas who was one of the facilitators expressed optimism that the exercise would have a positive impact on the lives of youths who would have participated in the training, since the skills taught will enable them to become marketable. It is expected that the youths will share with others what was imparted to them.
Holly Caesar, another group member said that in the past there were jobs and training that were specified to both males and females, but because of changing cultures, education, research, technology and knowledge, males and females are now able to access any job of their likeness or preference.
This she attributed to the fact that both genders are exposed and have independence, a state of affairs that has since broken the history barrier of specified jobs.
In addition to Dundas and Caesar, the members of the group who worked with the YCG youths were Rushana Daniels, Angeline Dyer, Debra Glynn and Mary Gray.
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