Department of Youth Affairs - SAVING OUR BOYS





Department of Youth Affairs - SAVING OUR BOYS


The Department of Youth Affairs within the Ministry of Education, Youth, Culture and Library Services Leadership Forum HJ Robinson High Grand Turk on July 27th -28th,2020 under the theme “From Boys to Men”.


Saving our boys is an ongoing program, held every year. Violence against youth is still an everyday reality in the Turks and Caicos, where social service professionals are the first ones to come into contact with youth, who are victims of violence, but are still not necessarily properly identifying, reporting or referring cases to ensure an appropriate response to the issue.


The training sessions will take place each day and will encompass a start time of 9am--3pm with 45 minutes for lunch break. There will also be break-out sessions that will deal with various case scenarios to better hone the training objectives and principles.


Outline of Forum

The outline of the areas to cover is as follows:

  • The Importance of Personal Identity and Culture
  • The Importance of Family and Family Structure
  • The Importance of Educational Empowerment
  • The Importance of National Pride
  • The Importance of Financial Literacy and Money Management
  • The Importance of Avoiding Criminal Enterprise and the Criminal Justice System
  • Where Do We Go from Here?
  • Round Table and Sounding Board Session
  • Cutting A Personal Covenant to Succeed


For further information, contact

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Grand Turk: 338-5101

Provo: 443-5299

North Caicos:338-6441

South Caicos: 338-6205






Saving Our Sons is a book dedicated to youth looking to gain control of their destiny. This book will encourage, motivate, and inspire our sons to achieve greatness in their everyday lives. Our sons are facing several challenges that should cause great alarm. If the future of young African American boys is going to be bright, changes must be made in this country. As long as imprisonment, murder, and unemployment are on the rise we have work to do in our communities. This book takes an in-depth look into the need for positive mentors and role models for our sons.


The program is offered to young Black men, ages 14-19.  The course will include, though not limited to, the art of blogging, video production, and social media. 





Three Degree Office Complex

Airport Road, Grand Turk,

Turks & Caicos Islands, British West Indies

Tel: 1 (649) 338-2937     Fax: 1 (649) 946-2885

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


23rd July, 2020

Office of the Premier

Hilly Ewing Building, Leeward Highway

Turks & Caicos Islands, British West Indies

Tel: 1 (649) 338-5750/5643     Fax: 1 (649) 946-2885

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Press Release




The Ministry of Immigration, Citizenship, Labour and Employment Services in collaboration with the Departments of Labour and Immigration would like to remind the General Public that in accordance with Section 32 and 33 of the Immigration Ordinance of the 2018 Revised Laws of Turks and Caicos, Permits are authorized by the Director of Immigrations and the Board or Commissioner of Labour for persons to reside or engage in gainful occupations and these Permit are issued with conditions or restrictions set out in the Permit. Full adherence to the conditions is expected.


The public is further reminded of the following immigration offences:


  • In accordance with Section 102 (d) of the Immigration Ordinance of the 2018 Revised Laws of Turks and Caicos, it is an offence to remain within the Islands beyond the time permitted by an Immigration Officer.


  • A person commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $10,000.00 or to imprisonment for a term of two years, or to both; and if the offence is a continuing one, to a further fine not exceeding $100 for every day or part of a day on which the offence has continued.


  • A person commits an offence in accordance with section 19 (1) (g) and (2) of the prescribed ordinance, which states that a person shall not engage in any gainful occupation in the islands unless in the possession of a valid permit issued under section 31,39 or 40, which a person shall not employ whether on his own behalf or on behalf of another person whether under a contract of employment or a contract for services who under subsection (1) is prohibited from engaging in any gainful occupation.


Please note this press release applies to the following categories:


  1. Individuals whose work permit has expired and current employer does not intend to renew;
  2. Individuals whose work permit has been cancelled;
  3. Individuals who are currently unemployed, and will be unemployed for several months after the curfew has been lifted;
  4. If your temporary work permit has expired
  5. Persons whose visitor’s visa has expired and you remained in the country illegally


Visitors are reminded to seek extensions from the Immigration Departments to cover period of stay.

We hasten to add that this does not apply to the following category of persons:


  1. Turks and Caicos Islanders;
  2. British Overseas Territory Citizens;
  3. Holders of Permanent Residence Certificates and endorsees;
  4. Holders of valid Residence Permits and endorsees;
  5. Holders of current Work Permits and endorsee or those currently in the renewal process;
  6. Permits that remain at appeal status;


Hon Vaden Delroy Williams, Minister with responsibility for Immigration and the Departments of both Immigration and Labour and Employment Services, in his comments stated that now that our borders and that of other countries are opened to international air traffic, all persons residing and or working in the Turks and Caicos Islands illegally should make plans to return to their home country or to any other country, which would welcome them or face legal consequences for their actions.


He went on to thank all concerned for their full cooperation and compliance.










The Turks and Caicos Islands Government joined the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) in January 2020.  The organization held its 2020 Annual General Meeting via webinar on Monday, July 20, 2020 which was attended by the Hon. Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, Mrs. Athenee Harvey-Basden, Permanent Secretary and Mrs. Shonia D. Thomas-Been, Deputy Permanent Secretary, in the Ministry of Finance, Trade and Investment.  There were over 90 delegates in attendance; one of the largest conferences ever.


The Hon. Premier in speaking as a new associate member of the WOCCU, expressed her gratitude to the WOCCU for accepting the TCIG’s request to join; making it the first Government Associate Member in the organization’s 49-year history.  The Hon. Premier emphasized her intentions to utilize all the privileges that membership would bring, whilst too, offering support to furthering objectives of the movement around the world.


As an associate member of the WOCCU the Turks and Caicos Islands Government will benefit from a network of 85,400 institutions in over 118 countries that use credit unions (co-operatives) as a global focus to foster financial inclusion toward the improvement of lives and the financial wellbeing of members.


A delegation from the echelons of the WOCCU was scheduled to travel to the Turks and Caicos Islands in March 2020 to conduct stakeholder consultations, and to assist the TCI (Government and Private Sector) in conceptualizing the blueprint for co-operative saving and lending in the country. This, following the recent passage of legislation and prudential standards that will govern credit unions in the territory.  Meetings were postponed owing to the impending effects of COVID-19 on world travel, the imposition of number controlled gatherings and social distancing requirements.


The Appropriations Bill of Financial Year 2020/2021, passed in the House of Assembly in April 2020 included an injection of $250K as seed funding for the inception of the Civil Service Credit Union.  The TCIG is committed to ensuring that the service gap pertaining to access to finance faced by the unbanked and under-banked in the TCI is filled as access to credit is a main determinant of success in small business development as well as personal finance.  The TCIG undoubtedly sees credit unions as an integral part of the solution.


The co-operative movement has long been considered as having a primary goal of addressing the common needs of its membership through enterprises that are jointly owned and democratically managed such as credit unions.  The movement continues to see remarkable growth.

World Council of Credit Unions articulates its key role as building, championing, defending and growing the global credit union community by advocating for its members, and by providing education, training and technical assistance to advance financial cooperatives worldwide.  The movement thrives on the credit union values of “cooperation” and “people helping people”.


The 2020 World Credit Union Conference which was to be held in Los Angeles, California was canceled this year amidst COVID-19 related concerns.  However, the 2021 World Credit Union Conference is scheduled to be held in Glasgow, Scotland, July 11-14, 2021, circumstances permitting; and will be co-hosted with Association of British Credit Unions Limited (ABCUL).







21st July 2020, Ministry of Education Received Donations of Tablets from TCI Ports Authority Staff and Board Members. Earlier this year the country urged self-isolation in order to flatten the curve and reduce transmission of the novel coronavirus which has fundamentally changed the way in which we live.


The impact of this virus has seen the closure of schools throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands and indeed the world. Teachers, parents and students had to adapt very quickly to online and distance learning.

In these challenging times, organizations and individuals throughout the country sought to make a difference in the lives of many students in our country especially those students from low income families by donating tablets to various schools.

The Minister of Education, Youth, Culture, Social and Library Services, Honourble Karen Malcolm, takes this opportunity to express thanks to all organizations and persons in the Turks and Caicos Islands for their generous donations in helping the Education Department to pivot from the classroom to virtual learning.


Organizations such as The Grand United Order of Odd Fellows and Mr. Allan Robinson were among the various groups that donated tablets to the Ministry of Education during this pandemic.

Yesterday, the Ministry received a donation of 10 tablets from the Staff and Board members of the Ports Authority. This must be particularly noted, because the staff and board members of this noble institution donated money from their pockets to purchase these tablets to help the students from low income families.


The Honourable Minister stated “Contributors like these are valuable assets in Turks and Caicos Islands.  They make such a difference in all of our lives and our country and we are truly grateful.    Many things have changed, but there's one constant: the unwavering support and dedication of willing persons in the community to help the future leaders of this country.  Thanks from the bottom of my heart. Thanks especially to the staff of the Ports Authority for their substantial donation.” 



The Chairman of the Ports Authority, Mr. Urban Jason Francis stated “ Outreach Program is a new priority for us, we have heard about the challenges students are having with accessing the internet during these challenging times, we have donated tablets to our staff firstly, and now we are  donating to the Education Department to assist needy students. We are developing our physical infrastructure, but we want to do our part to support our community.”


The Ministry is currently working on plans and guidelines for the reopening of school on 31st August 2020. As can be appreciated, we are living in a very dynamic environment and as such the Government are plans will take into consideration all potential scenarios.


In suspending schools early in the year, we recognize that this may have come at a surprise to many families and possibly did not have an opportunity to prepare for online learning for their students. We recognize that for many, the financial situation is frightening, but we wish take this opportunity to encourage all parents that can afford to do so, to purchase a laptop or tablet for each of their children to enable them to effectively participate in classes. We also encourage parents to review their internet service and ensure that they make the necessary arrangements to enable their children to be able to fully participate in online classes, if the need arises.














The Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR) would like to caution swimmers, snorkelers and divers to the possible presence of Portuguese man-o-war jellyfish (also known as man-o-war or blue-bottle jellyfish) in the Grace Bay Area and urges residents and visitors to swim with caution.


Man-o-war jellyfish is a marine hydrozoan found in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans. Long tentacles have numerous venomous microscopic nematocysts which deliver a painful sting powerful enough to kill fish and even occasionally humans.


Stings usually cause severe pain to humans, leaving whip-like, red welts on the skin that normally last two or three days after the initial sting, though the pain should subside after about 1 to 3 hours. However, the venom can travel to the lymph nodes and may cause symptoms that mimic an allergic reaction including swelling of the larynx, airway blockage, cardiac distress, and an inability to breathe. Other symptoms can include fever and shock, and in some extreme cases, even death, although this is extremely rare. Medical attention for those exposed to large numbers of tentacles may become necessary to relieve pain or open airways if the pain becomes excruciating or lasts for more than three hours, or breathing becomes difficult.


Stings can be treated by rinsing with fresh water, or by applying a warm vinegar compress to the affected areas. Heat in the form of hot salt water or hot packs may be applied: heat speeds the breakdown of the toxins already in the skin. Hydrocortisone cream may also be used. Please seek medical attention should your experience any of the above symptoms.


Jellyfish problems in near shore areas, such as this, usually resolve themselves within a few weeks and should not be considered a cause for concern. Any sightings or questions can be directed to the DECR at 338-4164 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Turks & Caicos Government

Office of the Governor

Office of the Deputy Governor