Minister Cummings Receives Final Report on Youth Development Learning Centers and Non-Residential Youth Development Centers

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TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, March 9 – Port of Spain: The Honorable Foster Cummings, Minister for Youth Development and National Service, received today, Tuesday 08 March 2022, the Final Report on Youth Development Learning Centers (YDACs) and Development Centers Youth Non-Residential (YDC) Advisory Committee for YDAC and Non-Residential YDC at MIC Headquarters – Institute of Technology in Macoya.

The Cabinet appointed eighteen (18) member committee, chaired by Mr. Anthony Garcia, over the past six months has been tasked with rethinking the development programs of YDACs and YDCs. Programs include; revitalize and renovate the two existing centers in Chatham and Persto Praesto, restore and re-establish the facility in El Dorado as a YDAC for women; the recommissioning of the Chaguaramas Convention Center as a YDAC, the construction of a new YDAC in Wallerfield, and the establishment of a YDAC in Tobago. In addition, the Committee was asked to pay particular attention to the reorganization of the curriculum.

During his brief address, Minister Cummings commended the Advisory Panel for the timely delivery of its report and “looks forward to reviewing the strategic and innovative plans and recommendations for the successful re-establishment of YDACs and YDCs”.

Mr. Farook Hosein also delivered remarks at today’s event; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth Development and National Service, Mr. Anthony Garcia; Advisory Committee Chair, Dr. Patrice Parris-Seales; Dr. Madgerie Jameson-Charles and Ms. Denyse White; Leads of the Curriculum Development, Business Model and Marketing and Rebranding Sub-Committees of the Advisory Committee for YDAC and Non-Residential YDC respectively.

The Ministry of Youth Development and National Service remains committed to bringing together all major stakeholders to promote youth development and encourage civic-minded citizens to contribute to national service in Trinidad and Tobago.

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