MPC Students overall winner of youth desk competition

POSTED: 03/6/15 12:49 PM

St. Maarten -Four talented students walked away with their very own Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 as a prize and the opportunity to execute their project proposal after winning the first Youth Desk Competition last Friday. The competition was organized by the department of Youth Affairs.

The group consisting of Milton Peters College students Makeel Violenus, Kristen Rojo, Roodjennie Hippolyte and Sandra Cetoute presented their proposal on the theme of child abuse under the title “It shouldn’t hurt to be a Child”. The presentation, which started out with a moving poem on the topic highlighted the problem on the island and gave a detailed plan on how they thought the victims can be helped.

The other four qualifying  proposals being judged that day were presentations from  Mhakeda Shillingford, of the Foundation for Academic and Vocational Education (FAVE) who presented her proposal on “Student Insight Inventory”,  Sidkenie Toulon of the Charlotte Brookson Academy of the Performing Arts on teenage pregnancy with her presentation dubbed “Live Life before You Give Life”, Marie Fidel-Balthazar and Ma-Lysha Cannegieter on “ Youth Involvement in the Community” and “Teen Depression” presented by students Leatton Douglas, Shakainah Pompier, Chianti Charles and Shavelle Lourence of the Charlotte Brookson Academy for the Performing Arts.

The  students  bravely made their presentations before  the  Minister of Education, Culture Youth and Sports, Rita Bourne – Gumbs, the secretary general of the ministry of education, culture, youth and sports, department  head  and other officials of youth affairs, and a panel of judges comprising of industry heavyweights Antonio Aventurin of the department of study financing, Edsel Hooker of the St. Maarten sports federation and Journalist, Glen Yeung , a Certified Hospitality Trainer, Marcel Javois , manager of Simpson Bay Resorts and Marina and Whitfield Vlaun, branch manager of First Caribbean Bank. The judges and the minister provided feedback and posed critical questions  with regards to their proposals.

Amongst the audience supporting the students were parents, teachers and members of the Youth Parliament of St. Maarten. The Youth Desk is a project that was officially launched on January 19th of this year by the department of youth affairs. The idea for the project originated as a follow up from the 2013 Youth Round Table Conference.

By means of this competition, the department successfully engaged the participation of the youth by involving them in the planning of certain activities of their interests.  Moreover, the members of the panel of judges gracefully accepted their appointments and showed much enthusiasm for the  project.  Department officials stated that they anticipate having much more activities for the youth in the near future and look forward to more collaboration with the private sector in executing projects. “This is only the beginning of what is to come as we aim to Inspire, Educate and Empower” stated Nicole Maccow who is a policy worker and coordinator for this project.

The Department of Youth still encourages all youth between the ages of 12 and 24 years old to visit the St. Maarten Youth Desk on Backstreet # 34, across from Penny’s Department Store. Opening hours are Mondays , Tuesday and Fridays from 1.00 P.M. to 5.00 P.M.

For more information, they can contact the Department of Youth Affairs on 54-22056 or send an email to . They can also find the Department of Youth Affairs on Facebook: St. Maarten Youth Affairs.

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