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'We need to hear more about youth programmes' – Stacy Mather

- challenges politicians to say more about plans for youth
Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) Executive Director Stacy 'Buddha' Mather has issued a challenge to politicians and aspiring legislators to speak more about plans to move youth forward in the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO
Some of the Rotarians at the Rotary Club Of Tortola's Lunch Meeting where Mr Mather commended the contribution of the Club to the Youth Empowerment Programme (YEP). Photo: VINO
Some of the Rotarians at the Rotary Club Of Tortola's Lunch Meeting where Mr Mather commended the contribution of the Club to the Youth Empowerment Programme (YEP). Photo: VINO
The Youth Empowerment Programme (YEP) has reportedly impacted on more than 800 children in the East End area as well as other parts of Tortola. Photo: VINO
The Youth Empowerment Programme (YEP) has reportedly impacted on more than 800 children in the East End area as well as other parts of Tortola. Photo: VINO
WICKHAM’S CAY II, Tortola, VI - Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) Executive Director Stacy 'Buddha' Mather has issued a challenge to politicians and aspiring legislators to speak more about plans to move youth forward in the Virgin Islands.

Mr Mather was at the time showering praises on the Rotary Club of Tortola for their investment so far into YEP, which has seen the community organisation successful through to this their 10th year of being established in the East End community.

Rotary Club of Tortola invested heavily

Last week Thursday May 28, 2015 Mr Mather was the special guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Tortola’s  Lunch Meeting where he said his presence was primarily to provide a feed-back to the members on YEP’s Progress. “I am back at Rotary Club of Tortola to tell you how that money was spent and what we have been doing for 10 years,” said Mr Mather.

It was while speaking of the impact their programmes have on over some 800 youths who would have passed through and are still in the progamme that he made the call for more politicians to get involved. “I hope that the one week that we have left for the election that youth programmes are spoken about more and the demands for youth programmes,” said Mather.

He said that they now have child protection programmes as they have discovered to be very necessary in today’s society because of the level of trust that children have put in YEP staff that they are being told what is happening to them in today’s society.

The Blue doors

“If you pass the building now you will notice that the doors are now painted blue and blue is compassion for child abuse, so our doors are blue and they are blue for a reason,” he related.

He said that when the Centre first opened, many persons in the East End Community said, “My child is not going to that Centre,” as they thought of it as one that resembled a detention centre. “Ten years later we have provided activities for over 800 hundred children, ten years we provided activities that I wish I could have done when I was their age,” he announced.

One of the things that YEP’s management has been keen on doing is the conducting of a mass survey every four years and, according to Mather, the first was done in 2011. He said in 2011, 80% of the members said that they felt good about themselves and in 2015 that number is up to 97%, 72% said that they feel less shy around adults, 70% said they plan to go on to college in 2015. “That’s phenomenal for our young people to want to go further than where they are,” noted Mather. This was specific to children between the ages of 10 – 15 years.

YEP not only for East End youths

The Youth Empowerment Programme started out with students from the age of 10 – 15 years, however, today it is accepting children from the age of 8 years old. And unlike in its humble beginning, it has opened itsr doors not only to children of East End but to children from across the territory.

Mather said that currently YEP is now doing much more than it had originally envisioned as it is currently collaborating with entities, including Social Development Department, the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), Family Support Network (FSN) and within the community. He said it has succeeded in helping parents and youth find jobs, providing food for families and uniforms for school children.

“We have found ourselves now encompassing all the needs within that community,” said Mather.

19 Responses to “'We need to hear more about youth programmes' – Stacy Mather”

  • Mirror (03/06/2015, 16:05) Like (18) Dislike (15) Reply
    True, I agree--Be sure to teach those under your care that if they Tattoo up, they cannot give blood---They have no chance of saving a life of another youth should that youth need blood.. It use to be pants rest on bottom, now its Tattoo all over, --Why?
    • Knowledge is Power (03/06/2015, 20:49) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
      A blood donor can have tattoos and piercings. Do your research, in fact I am certain Mather gives blood when needed and unlike most people would not fear the needles used.
      • loose (03/06/2015, 22:17) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
        Unsanitized needles lead to infections. Unprotected sex leads to pregnancy. Adultery leads to "illegitimate" children. Smoking cigarettes cause respiratory illnesses. Lying damages trust in relationships. Down-low homosexuals spread sexually transmitted diseases and cause heartache to heterosexual partners. Political idolization leads to cronyism and under the table contracts and kickbacks.

        Digging a ditch for others causes the digger to fall in a ditch also. Sow good seeds of thoughts, words and actions and you will reap a bountiful harvest. All types of people are getting tattoos for a variety of reasons, by people here in this territory, by people that don't care about their health.

        If we would spend less time condemning those with clean hearts because we do NOT like their outward appearance and more time shunning those things that are deceptively appealing to our eyes and ears, we may be better able to help our society advance with practical solutions. We have become a people who crave negativity and shun positivity. We crave instant gratification and shun long-term sustainability.

        If we open our eyes and look within, we would realise that our youth need to see a united front from the adults who "say" they are working on a brighter future for them, but are physically and emotionally absent.
        • Serpico (04/06/2015, 06:18) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
          @loose. Good look. Lots in this society are like that with themselves.
    • @ Mirror (04/06/2015, 13:45) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Before you comment about the good work yuo choose to highlight his tattoos! I got tats also and have given blod numerous times - the rule is if you got inked within the past year you should not give blood - that does not mean you cannot! Sick of you narrow minded, uninformed and just down-right retarded PLEBS!

  • x factor (03/06/2015, 16:17) Like (3) Dislike (16) Reply
    Hope he has not sell out to the ndp
  • Gloria Fahie (03/06/2015, 16:32) Like (29) Dislike (3) Reply
    Who Mr. Mather is voting for is his own personal business. Why does everything have to be political? All I have to say is that I have had many intercations with him and he is great for the BVI and the youth. He really does have their interest at heart and my grand kids Kudos has the utmost respect for him. Kudos to you sir for doing such an EXCELLENT job!
  • Manifesto (03/06/2015, 16:43) Like (16) Dislike (8) Reply
    WOW!!!! I just read the manifesto online!!!Mey boy!!! this ting is a power house

    Design classy!!! Pictures O M G , them looking good to GREAT, except i did not understand why the district reps run from 1, 2, 3, to 7, 8, 9 and then 4, 5, 6.

    If this is an error somebody please fix it. I know it must have been a slip of finger and not slip of mind

    Keep it coming VIP all the wayyyyyyy going FORWARDdddddddd. to the House of Assemble, no turning back
  • Fan (03/06/2015, 17:05) Like (7) Dislike (13) Reply
    Good Job Stacy you should be running as a AT Large candidate!
  • JYD (03/06/2015, 17:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am glad to hear about the youth and all that can be done for them but I am asking can anything be done for the Virginia Island Cadet Corp who is badly in need of funds to help run it programming and to help keep the children from going the wrong road. But with all the things that they do for the Government and public can any body help support them not NDP or VIP it the Virgin Island Cadet Corp and your children
  • zero playing hero (03/06/2015, 18:46) Like (5) Dislike (9) Reply
    We are still waiting to hear what myron has done for young people
    • foodgate (03/06/2015, 22:31) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
      He did nothing but travel and divide the country and threaten businesses
    • @zero playing hero (04/06/2015, 10:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The first thing Myron did when he was elected is give the ESHS students a decent library. Go check it out for yourself and check out a book to read.
      • jokes (04/06/2015, 11:31) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        An empty room with no books......Just a show.
      • Maybe... (04/06/2015, 17:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Instead of making assumptions and blind recommendations, maybe you too should visit the "library" at our largest secondary institution.
  • Fair (04/06/2015, 05:19) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
    This program should have been established in all the other districts since it started. It was started where it is as a political gimmic took a good teacher out of the classroom and it remained a thing of the east. Just like the politician found a place in the east and someone to help with a building , why could the same not be done for children in other parts of the territory? Wake up politicians. All the children are ours not some.
  • Bvi Teacher (04/06/2015, 10:41) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    Mather is not good example for youth in the BVI.
  • Proud and Thankful Parent (04/06/2015, 11:47) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am a proud parent of a child who started following the wrong crowds getting in fights, shoplifting and so on. Trust me I was ready to put him out of my house and a lady whose son was not a bad child, but an anti- social child told ma about YEP and her words were "Stacey and his staff can turn your child around send him there" I did and now I am so happy I did. Kudos to Stacey and his staff. Don't stop doing the things you do.
  • @ Fair (04/06/2015, 13:49) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why dont you and your district people dust off your wallets, hammers and go DO FOR AYO SELF!!! Set of bad-minded wannabes whom criticize and do nothing for themselves or society! Good job Stace!

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