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The Ministry of National Security Mentoring Programme

The Report of the Inter Ministerial Committee indicated that young persons who lack strong relationships with a caring adult while growing up are much more vulnerable to a host of difficulties, ranging from academic failure to involvement in serious risk behaviours. Therefore, the Ministry of National Security recognized the importance of mentoring programmes in creating positive differences in youth behaviour and development including:

  • Improvements in self-esteem,
  • better relationshp with parents and peers,greater school connectedness; and
  • improved acadeimc performance

Additionally, the Committee also recognized that despite the existence of many informal mentoring programmes in Trinidad and Tobago, most are unstructured and focus on short term gains.

 

Purpose and Objective

In  Trinidad and Tobago, precursor conditions such as high unemployment rates, an evasive crime and drug culture , poverty and poor family structures have resulted in a high number of youths in difficult situations. In order to address this concern, mentoring at a national level was conceptualized as an effective strategy to aid “at risk” youth in their holistic development. Mentors help youth learn to understand and communicate their feelings, to relate to their peers, and to develop positive relationships with other adults. The desired end result is to assist and guide Trinidad & Tobago’s youth in becoming socially, psychological, emotionally and economically balanced adults who contribute to society.

  • The Introduction of formal one on one mentoring sessions throughout Trinidad and Tobago

  • Training and development of screened volunteers to become youth  mentors

  • The establishment of a National mentor and Mentee database

  • A mentoring through Music Project (Positive Adolescent Network Pan Yard Initiative)

  • The Development of a National Policy and guidelines on Youth Mentoring

 

Become a Mentor

The Ministry of National Security is inviting responsible citizens to become potential mentors. If you want to become an advocate for youths you can complete the attached registration form and email the completed application form to mentoring@mns.gov.tt

The application form can be downloaded HERE