Scotiabank invests in youth development, donates US$10,000 to Lead Institute programs – Eye Witness News

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NASSAU, BAHAMAS — In an effort to support at-risk youth, Scotiabank in the Bahamas has donated $10,000 to the Leadership Esteem Ability Discipline (LEAD) institute in Freeport, Grand Bahama, to support its summer camp, Camp Future, and its alternative education program, Académie des Aigles.

The camp, which runs from July 4 to July 29 between 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., welcomes up to 100 children and teenagers aged 8 to 17 and engages them in a series of programs that introduce and develop their skills. leadership skills and give them the opportunity to give back to the community.

Na-amah Barker, director of retail banking, Scotiabank Bahamas, said the initiatives align with Scotiabank’s philanthropic focus on building economic resilience in communities by helping individuals maximize their potential despite challenges. difficult circumstances.

“At Scotiabank, we are here for every future and that includes the future of children and young adults everywhere in the Bahamas, regardless of their origins. We couldn’t be more proud to support the LEAD Institute as they provide positive avenues and second chances. We hope our donation can help forge a better way of life for these young people,” Barker said.

Davonia Archer, Branch Manager, Scotiabank Freeport, presents a symbolic check for US$10,000 to Troy Clarke, President of the National LEAD Institute in support of the organization’s Summer Camp and Eagles Academy programs.

Meanwhile, Troy Clarke, President and CEO of the LEAD Institute thanked Scotiabank for investing in the initiative and ultimately in the youth of the Bahamas.

Noting that the country’s social and economic climate has changed since the COVID-19 pandemic, Clarke said there is a great need for programs to support young people, especially those in at-risk demographics.

“This year’s camp far exceeded our expectations of last year. With Scotiabank being our lead sponsor, new topics and activities have been added to the program, enhancing our service delivery. This was only made possible when Scotiabank became our lead sponsor and made a significant donation,” he said.

“The adolescent stage can lead to negative behavior in response to that individual’s environment. As a result, a child is likely to make poor choices that will impact both parent and child.

“Thus, Camp Future hopes to create an environment where the child/adolescent can flourish mentally and socially. This will be done by helping them improve their interpersonal skills, challenging them to make better decisions, develop life skills, meet positive role models and discover the best version of themselves,” added Clarke.

LEAD Institute is the premier non-profit organization that assists in the areas of community corrections for rehabilitation, alternative schooling and addiction treatment programs, and provides services to men in crisis through the Eagles Academy. The institute also offers pathways to a better way of life for school dropouts, ex-convicts, those on bail, and those with criminal records.

The Institute will officially launch the Eagles Academy program in Grand Bahama in September, which is a long-term prevention and intervention program in middle and high schools, which will engage students suspended or expelled from the regular school system.

Scotiabank, through its global philanthropic initiative Scotia LEISURE, has allocated $500 million over the next 10 years to promote the economic resilience of disadvantaged groups.

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