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The UWI RDI Fund “At Risk Youth Project” targets Youth Crime and Violence in Schools

Dr. Sandra Celestine

On April 11, 2013, The Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with Dr. Sandra Celestine of the UWI hosted a Press Conference revealing Dr. Celestine’s UWI- RDI Fund project entitled “Analysis of Intervention and Counseling for at Risk Youth to Reduce Crime, Violence and to Improve Outcomes for the Individual, The Schools and The Family”. Her project is a multi-faceted approach operating at international standards, with various academic disciplines from the national and private sectors in efforts to rectify the issue of youth misbehavior, crime and violence plaguing our educational systems.

With a packed audience of government bodies and private organizations, the panel of dignified speakers included: Ms. Catherine Kumar - CEO, Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Commerce; Ms. Rima Mohammed – Chair, NOV Committee of Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry & Commerce; Ms. Stacy Richards-Kennedy – Senior Programme Manager, Office of the Campus Principal and the UWI RDI Fund Secretariat; Dr. Sandra Celestine – Lead Project Investigator of the At Risk Youth Project; Dr. Shelton John – Co-Investigator of the At Risk Youth Project.

Funded through the UWI-Trinidad and Tobago Research, Development and Impact Fund, this research-based project functions to identify, analyze, evaluate and recommend strategies to reduce incidences of violence and crime within the Trinidad and Tobago youth community. A key feature of the conference highlighted that the project only accepts children referred by the school Principal as suspended or about to be suspended for violation of school rules set by the Ministry of Education.

In addition, twenty-two (22) “hot spots” will be identified by the Citizen’s Security Program and a preliminary “White Paper” with legislative and programmatic recommendations for government and stakeholders will be issued in May 2013 and presented at the June 2013 “AT RISK YOUTH CONFERENCE”.

Dr. Celestine also indicated that the project is presently approved by the Ministry of Education to provide five (5) schools and is providing services in one school designated as a hot spot area and one school serving students from hot spot areas.

For further information on the progress of this At Risk Youth Research Project, please visit: http://atriskyouthtt.com/