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Youth Facilities

The Youth Facilities are community-based, multi-purpose, safe, youth-friendly spaces in which young people, between the ages of 12-29 years within a specific catchment area meet and participate in a range of youth development programmes and activities, e.g. cultural, recreational, sporting, educational, technical vocational, social, entrepreneurial, religious, health related/prevention activities, etc.

The Facilities, which serve the needs of the target group of young people, youth leaders, youth workers, and persons interested in youth development within a specific catchment area, are located in the following geographic areas; St. James, Basilon Street, Laventille, Malick, California and Los Bajos.

The Facilities are also available for conferences, seminars, workshops, training, meetings and other programmes and activities conducted by youth and community organizations e.g. Graduation Ceremonies, Award Programmes, Achievement Functions etc.

Refurbishment work was recently completed on the six Ministry Youth Facilities:

  • St. James
  • Basilon Street
  • Laventille
  • Malick
  • California
  • Los Bajos

The Basilon Street Youth Facility was re-opened/recommissioned on August 25, 2014. St. James and Malick on December 15 and Los Bajos on December 17, 2014 respectively.

Most of the Facilities are located mainly in urban densely populated areas except for California and Los Bajos.

Young People often state that there are not enough youth-friendly spaces exclusively for youth.

The Youth Facilities therefore are community-based, multi-purpose facilities in which young people between the ages of 12 - 29 participate in a wide range of activities that are aimed at the positive development of our youth.

The Ministry seeks, through these Facilities, to provide a safe, secure, non-judgmental youth-friendly space which is youth-centred and youth-focused and one which will ultimately contribute to positive youth development.

With respect to the physical space, all efforts will be made to ensure that the space is friendly and welcoming, reflective of youth, with posters and vibrant colours, and that there is adequate space for different activities catering to the varied interests of youth.

The current Programmes (cultural, recreational, sporting, educational, technical vocational, social, entrepreneurial, religious, health (prevention) are developed based on consultation with Youth, Youth Leaders, Youth Workers and other Stakeholders within the community in which the Facility is located.

In order to ensure that these refurbished Facilities are fully utilized and maximized by the young people (students and out-of-school youth), youth leaders, youth workers and civil society organizations with a special interest in youth development, the Ministry intends to partner with several entities including East Port of Spain Development Company (EPOS), YTEPP, UTT, TTHTI, etc.

There are specific benefits to be derived from involvement by young people in the Programmes, Activities and Initiatives of the various Youth Facilities which include:

  1. Exposure to a caring, nurturing, non-judgmental, supportive, safe, learning environment that contributes to the positive development of youth.
  2. Having a voice in the Programmes, Services, Projects, Activities and direction of the Youth Facilities (membership on the entity that represents the voice of youth at the Facility).
  3. Involvement in issues of the community (civic engagement) in which the facility is located.
  4. Productive and constructive use of leisure time.
  5. Exposure to healthy lifestyle (a Health, Fitness and Wellness focus: Gym, Aerobics, Dance, Football, Basketball, Netball, Table Tennis, Boxing, Gymnastics).
  6. Portrayal of the positive aspects of youth, thereby contributing to the restructuring of the negative perceptions of young people.
  7. Recognition and celebration of Youth involvement and achievement (Youth Recognition/Award Programmes).
  8. Self-Employment (Micro entrepreneurship) options and opportunities.
  9. Provision of a safe haven for vulnerable youth to socialize while receiving coaching, counseling and acquiring information on civic responsibility.
  10. Access to Service and Referral Agencies that provide help and support to youth (Health and Social Services Referral).

The Programmes to be offered at the Basilon Street Youth Facility include the following:

  • Computer Literacy
  • Youth Friendly Spaces
  • Summer Activities
  • Welding
  • Personal

The Programmes to be offered at the California Youth Facility include the following:

  • Welding
  • Plumbing
  • Masonry
  • Food Preparation
  • Garment Construction
  • Beauty Culture
  • Literacy

The Programmes to be offered at the Laventille Youth Facility include the following:

  • Youth Resource and Information Centre/Computer Literacy
  • Health and Fitness
  • Performing

The Programmes to be offered at the Los Bajos Youth Facility include the following:

  • Agriculture
  • Welding
  • Fruit Presentation / Agro-Processing
  • Cosmetology
  • Rigging Practices

New Programmes/Short Courses at the Malick Youth Facility

The Programmes to be offered at the Malick Youth Facility include the following:

  • Construction Carpentry
  • Electrical Installation
  • Cabinet Making
  • Computer Classes
  • Certificate in

The Programmes to be offered at the St. James Youth Facility include the following:

  • Computer Literacy
  • Garment Construction
  • Youth Friendly Spaces
  • Welding
  • Summer

Check Out the Persto Praesto & Chatham YDAC Programmes

The Youth Empowerment Centres (YECs), formerly the Youth Development and Apprenticeship Centres (YDACs) target young men 15-17 years old. These Centres; Chatham and Persto Praesto, provide not only technical vocational skills training in a residential two-year programme, but seek also to provide a holistic approach to the personal development and empowerment of the young men. The Centres are managed by Camp Directors and Assistant Camp Directors.

The Ministry has completed refurbishment works on the two Centres to ensure that the necessary infrastructural upgrades, support the needs of the trainees. The Ministry is also involved in re-engineering and modernizing of the Facilities, examining issues such as the curriculum, the psychological support for Trainees, ICT, innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.

The Ministry has established a Committee to address the modernization of the Centres Programme and has engaged the services of the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) to assist.

Persto Praesto & Chatham YDAC Programme Registration Flyer

Download YDAC Programme Application Form

Contact MSYA

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(868) 628-MSYA or
(868) 628-6792


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