Get on the Bus, Get Busy (GB3) youth project launches April 2

POSTED: 03/17/11 2:13 PM

St. Maarten – Get off the Block, Get on the Bus, Get Busy (GB3) youth project will be officially launched on Saturday, April 2nd, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. The start was announced Wednesday by Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Rhoda Arrindell at the Council of Ministers press briefing.

Pre-registration will begin in the various districts soon for young people between 13 and 25 who are jobless, need training or need to go back to finish their schooling.
“We want to get them off the block, get them on the bus and get them busy immediately after the April 2 launch,” the Minister said.
The launch will begin with two busses picking up the pre-registered participants from the various districts. They will then take a drive that will also serve as an island tour to give them “a good and perhaps different view of their island.” It is also an attempt to create national pride which will motivate them to make the island better. They will also be introduced to mentors who have been “specially chosen” and who come from various walks of life. The ultimate goal is for the mentor to “adopt” their mentee.
The bus tour will end at Princess Port de Plaisance with lunch and motivational addresses by speakers from St. Maarten and Tallahassee, Florida. This includes a member or members of the AND 1 Basketball team before a selection of locals meet the international team in an exhibition basketball game. Stakeholders who have pledged support for the project will be able to interact with the group of young people who participate and promote their services.
“This is a pilot project which will last for three months until June. Some of our partners have been expressing eagerness to get on with the program. I appreciate and share their enthusiasm.

From the very beginning, the GB3 project was conceived as a public-private-partnership. That partnership is now about to become a reality,” Arrindell said.
She also said, “From now on, it is full steam ahead. Our partners will be hearing directly from us with regards to the specific areas we would like them to collaborate with the GB3 project. I know everyone is excited about it because it has to do with the future of our island. In that future, everyone counts: those on the block, those off the block; those on the bus, and those on foot or in their own vehicles; those who are busy and those who, for whatever reason, are not.”
“GB3 is not a “government thing”; it is a St. Maarten thing. As a people, we are on the move and we do not have the luxury to allow any one of us to be sidelined as unproductive. Let me paraphrase that NAACP slogan: our youth is a most terrible thing to waste. We are all in this together, for the sake of St. Maarten. We cannot afford to fail them,” the minister further stated.
Arrindell also unveiled the GB3 logo and poster at the press briefing. Both were designed by Loic Bryan and the model for the poster is “a young St. Maartener.”
“I want to thank him for his decision to be the face of GB3. Thank you, also, Loic Bryan for your creativity and commitment to the project,” Arrindell said.

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  1. john says:

    its so nice to see something positif for my people of st maarten i just whish i had tha chance to.. well i been herein about dis program sence the starting buh i nevere know wha it was all about so if its still on….i would like to give it a try n see how it go thankz..