Department of Youth Affairs Mentor Programme - Mentors Needed, Big Brother Big Sisters Programme

Thank you for your interest in volunteering as a mentor with the Department of Youth Affairs. We have several programs that require volunteers. In our program Big Brother Big Sister, volunteers will be working as mentor to our youth, ages 11-17. Mentoring helps young people, especially at-risk youth, succeed in school, work, and life.

What makes a good mentor?

Before becoming a mentor, here are a few things to understand about the role of mentoring. Most of us have had a teacher, supervisor or coach who has been a mentor to us and made a positive difference in our lives. Those people wore many hats, acting as delegators, role models, cheerleaders, policy enforcers, advocates, and friends. Mentors assume these different roles during the course of a relationship, and share some basic qualities:

  • A sincere desire to be involved with a young person
  • Respect for young people
  • Active listening skills
  • Empathy
  • Ability to see solutions and opportunities
  • Flexibility

Benefits for Young People

  • Increased high school graduation rates
  • Lower high school dropout rates
  • Healthier relationships and lifestyle choices
  • Better attitude about school
  • Higher college enrollment rates and higher educational aspirations
  • Enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Improved behavior, both at home and at school
  • Stronger relationships with parents, teachers, and peers
  • Improved interpersonal skills

Please express your interest by emailing any of our youth officers This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Mr. Nixon Dickenson, Acting National Youth Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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World AIDS Day 2017 Activities

World AIDS Day this year is being observed under the theme “My Health, My Right”. We invite you to join us in the following activities;

 

Week of HIV Testing commencing on the 27th November 2017,

  • Grand Turk- Monday, 27th Government Offices and Tuesday, 28th General Public,

  • Providenciales- Community Testing- Monday, 27th Blue Hills, Tuesday, 28th Airport Road and Kew Town, Wednesday, 29th Five Cays, Thursday, 30th The Bight,

  • North and Middle Caicos- Monday, 4th December,

  • South Caicos and Salt Cay- Government Clinics

World AIDS Day Friday, December 1st Join Us as we PAINT TURKS AND CAICOS RED, WEAR RED.  Let us unite and show our support. In the evening, join an exciting and informative Round Table discussion on HIV/AIDS, Join the discussion! Speak your mind. What’s new in the world of HIV. Don’t miss it, December 1st, 6pm at the HJ Robinson High School, Grand Turk.  Refreshments will be served, so meet us there!

 

For More information, contact the Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit on 3382772

 

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ALL PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS HAVE RESUMED TO NORMALCY FOLLOWING THE PASSAGE OF HURRICANE IRMA AND MARIA

The Ministry and Department of Education is pleased to announce that all Government and Private Schools throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands have resumed following the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

The Minister of Education, the Honorable Karen Malcolm along with officials from the Ministry and Department of Education have visited a number of schools throughout the islands in an attempt assess the conditions under which schools are operating and also to offer support to the Principals, staff and students of the various institutions.

The Return to Happiness, a programme aided by UNICEF has been instrumental in mitigating trauma experienced by students who were victims of the dreadful hurricanes.  The Return to Happiness programme has also promoted the concept of safer schools through the implementation of initiatives and procedures which seek to prepare students to effectively address incidents which threaten their livelihood.  Hence, although some schools continue to experience episodes of conflict, restlessness and indiscipline among its student body, most schools throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands have return to a state of normalcy.

In isolated cases in where we have observed an elevated level of indiscipline, meetings are held with parents/guardians of the students involved. Daily checks were put in place to ensure that students behavior are monitored. The Ministry will be taking serious disciplinary actions against the students who continually seek to disrupt the daily routine at school.

The Minister of Education, Hon. Karen Malcom stated that “The Ministry and Department of Education is committed to providing additional support to schools where acts of violence or indiscipline are prevalent. To this end, on November 23rd, 2017, the Long Bay High School will be conducting a Behaviour Management Workshop with all members of staff.  It is anticipated that the workshop will help to identify best practices for addressing behavioural challenges among students and implement measures to prevent indiscipline in school.

She went on to say that; “We believe that it is initiatives such as these which will help to equip teachers with the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to alter undesirable behavior among students and encourage behaviours which are acceptable.”  

The Ministry of Education wishes to express gratitude to all local, regional and international stakeholders for the role played in helping to ensure that the students of the Turks and Caicos Islands continue their pursuit for an education in environments which are conducive to teaching and learning.

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