Young people should take part in policymaking in the territory, officials said during the launch of the new Youth Policy Committee on Monday at the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports.

Ten young adults were announced as members of the committee, which is charged with producing a document that eventually will become the official Youth Policy of the Virgin Islands, according to Education and Culture Minister Myron Walwyn.
“The policy will guide programmes and plans to foster youth development, exposure and education, so that our young people will be ready to assume their responsibilities as the heirs to the great territory that is our Virgin Islands,” Mr. Walwyn said.

Several other countries and territories in the region already have functional youth policies, according to the minister.

“Some 16 years ago, the Virgin Islands first attempted to create a National Youth Policy but for one reason or another, it got lost along the way,” the minister said.


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