Arrindell consults young men about GB – 3

POSTED: 03/10/11 12:12 PM

St. Maarten – Minister of Youth Affairs Rhoda Arrindell met with a group of young men who wish to be part of the Get off the Block, Get on the Bus, Get Busy (GB-3) project last week. The meeting is part of the heavy focus on consulting the youth that the minister wants in the project.
“The meeting was an eye opener for a lot of us. They were able to express themselves freely and give valuable advice on things such as the logo and the poster, which are still in the design phases. I hope that within short we will be able to launch the poster as we did the jingle. I want to use this opportunity to thank the guys and I look forward to continuing to work very closely with them, not just on this project, but on many other projects,” Arrindell said.

Government continues to collect partnership forms from businesses and non-governmental organizations for the GB-3 project. The Minister was not able to give a concrete figure of how many had been returned since the February 25th launch.
“I’ve seen a couple that have come in via e-mail and they’ve been forwarded from my office. I know the response has been coming back. It’s been a little slower than we’d wanted, because we’d wanted everything within a week but there’s also Mr. Jeffrey Richardson who will be handling that part of the project of getting out to the businesses and getting them to commit,” Arrindell said.

Arrindell has also urged young people – male and female – to sign up for the Youth Brigade that the Ministry will launch soon as an advisory body to her cabinet, the Ministry and the government. The idea to start it comes from the Minister herself and has been in discussion since the Minister came to office. That discussion has picked up speed since. The membership will come from the St. Maarten Youth Council Association, other designated youth organizations and young people who are not attached to an organization.
“I kind of formalized the discussions last week when we met with the young boys and the Department of Youth Affairs in terms of setting it up,” Arrindell said.
The body will meet monthly once it is established.

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