Thanks to the endeavours of the Dominica National Youth Council (NYC), the young people of Portsmouth now have a new media platform from which to positively express themselves.
In an exclusive interview with GIS News, President of the NYC, Jahisiah Benoit, said that this platform, a radio programme called ‘Youth Can Move’, was made possible through the collaborative efforts of the NYC and Possie Vibrations.
“The National Youth Council is quite pleased to see its Media Team establish yet another media platform,” Benoit said. “It’s going to be another opportunity for young persons to get educated about sustainable development issues, to find out how they can empower themselves, to contribute to the work of the National Youth Council and to address and discuss pertinent issues.”
According to Benoit, many young persons in the north with talent in the multimedia field do not have the means to express themselves. Hence, he is of the view that the establishment of the new programme for the youth by the youth will allow for further development of their skills.
“For many of them, they will be getting to listen to some of their peers demonstrating the talents that they never knew before,” Benoit stated.
The NYC President further explained, “We are aware that there are so many activities taking place in the north, whether it be sporting, cultural or otherwise, and we feel that still to a greater extent these events are not being captured; they are not being highlighted.”
Benoit hopes that ‘Youth Can Move’ will serve as a platform for advertising such events.
He also indicated that the new radio programme is an ideal opportunity for new persons to get involved with the NYC Media Team.
“We established the team with 28 members,” Benoit recalled, “but we of course want to expand that group so that many more young persons have the opportunity to become empowered to develop new skills which can increase their career scope.”
The President of the NYC feels that the programme has the potential to survive where others have failed because of the youth’s motivation. Benoit attributed the support of the private sector, local organizations and Government institutions to this youthful drive.
“It’s organised as a truly grass roots initiative. I mean, you are speaking about young persons that are passionate about getting the awareness about youth empowerment out there,” he said. “Because the youth are demonstrating their willingness and their interest in this field, the private sector and the Government of Dominica have stepped in to support our actions.”
When the Media Team was launched in January, the Ministry of Information provided some resources so that the NYC could equip the Team to do its work efficiently.
According to Benoit, Government has also provided the NYC Media Team with two Project Officers who are employed under the National Employment Programme (NEP), a move which he said has proven that collaboration between the civil society, private sector and public sector is necessary to ensure the success of organisations such as the NYC.
“Once all three of these actors are working together on whatever project, be it youth empowerment or youth entrepreneurship, it has an increased chance of success and sustainability,” Benoit stated.
He encouraged the public to tune in to ‘Youth Can Move’ on Possie Vibrations every Monday from 6 pm – 7 pm, on frequency 88.5 FM.
“You want to know what the positive move in your community is, then that’s where you are going to get it; you want to know where the job opportunities are, that is where you are going to get that information; you want to know where the career development opportunities are, then you can listen to ‘Youth Can Move’,” the President highlighted.