The Ministry of Human Development and Social Transformation have been spearheading a program called "SCAIS". It's one of the Department's tools which they hope will equip young persons with skills enabling them to be productive and working citizens. The program is geared towards out of school youth who didn't finish High School. Over the weekend, 16 of them graduated from the program. Maureen Williams is the Coordinator for Community Rehabilitation in the Department of Human Development.
Coordinator for Community Rehabilitation, MAUREENE WILLIAMS:
The times have changed, and our young people are really struggling with all of the issues that they're facing. The "SCAIS" is one of the programs that we developed to help them, to give them the kinds of skills they would need, to help navigate around what has been happening. The whole issue of crime and violence is real for everybody. Our young people have been saying we need to look different ways to handle the situations we find ourselves in. This is something that we developed in 2011. We're hoping that as we rolled out across the country we will make improvements, because there's always room for improvement, and we will reach a lot more for our young people. Hopefully in the years to come we will see the fruits of that.
The program looks specifically at self-esteem, conflict resolution, anger management and independent living skills.