Youth Parliament to be established

POSTED: 01/31/11 11:54 AM

St. Maarten – Establishment of the St. Maarten Youth Parliament is one of the major plans the St. Maarten Youth Council Association has for 2011. The youth parliament is the successor to the youth island council and will be for young people between 13 and 21 who are interested in how government functions.
The program will offer training in Government & Politics, Parliamentary Procedures, Public Speaking, Research Skills and the Art of Debating. Young people who are interested can register at the Rupert I Maynard Youth Community Center in St. Peters, by calling 555-8971 or sending an email to
Next to this program the Youth Council has planned several trainings for its member organizations and for young people in general. For example there will be a mixer for youth organizations and a needs assessment survey in February, a symposium in April themed “Meeting the needs of Today’s Youth” and course in May titled Leadership 101.
The calendar sent to the media Sunday shows that nominations will open for the 2011 St. Maarten Outstanding Youth Awards (SMOYA) in May, there will be an exchange with CRJ-Guadeloupe in July and then monthly leadership workshops will run from August to November. There are also plans to run a gift campaign for disadvantaged children in November and to host the SMOYA ceremony. The gifts donated during November will be handed out in December at a Christmas social. There will also be a year end mixer in December.
“The St. Maarten Youth Council looks forward to better meeting the needs of our nation’s youth as it seeks to fulfill its mission of ‘Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders’,” the Director Connie Gumbs-Francis wrote in a statement.

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