|The Youth-IN project is about empowering young people to become agents of change, not to just sit by and receive support but to become actively involved in the development of their own sustainable future.|
Its mission is based on a 2010 report produced by the CARICOM Youth Commission, `Eye on the Future: Investing in YOUTH NOW for Tomorrow’s Community`, to which many young people across the Caribbean contributed. The report shows the challenges of Caribbean youth and the costs of not investing in Youth.
The UNDP Project Youth Innovation (Youth-IN): A Caribbean Network for Youth Development Project in CARICOM and Member States responds to these challenges with an integrated approach to address the identified needs and to support Caribbean youth aged 15-29.
The project strategically addresses human development by linking environmental, economic and social activiies to optimize youth potential. Designed as an integrated programme the project aims to:
- Support the engagement of Caribbean youth in culture, community sports for social change, and arts, while facilitating youth networking and access to spaces and initiatives that will allow youth social and economic development;
- Create new and expand emerging youth entrepreneurial initiatives that support young entrepreneurs to move from ideas to business in areas such as sustainable tourism, cultural industries and environmental management;
- Raise the voices of young people on issues of national and regional governance: the environment, including climate change, growing business opportunities and development that plans for and reduces the risk of natural disasters; and promote the innovative use of Information Communication and Technology (ICT) for human development among Caribbean Youth;
- Development and support to the Youth Think Tank for the Caribbean
- Advocate for youth volunteerism