March 11th, 2020– MPower 2.0 was
officially launched on Tuesday at the Grenada Trade Centre.
It saw over 250 participants registered
for the program, which targets young
males, aged 18-30 years from ‘on-the-block’ who are unemployed.
Focus for MPower 2.0, this year, according to the Ministry of Youth
Development, Sports, Culture and the Arts, will be placed on ensuring that
participants are CVQ certified.
Vocational Qualification will be administered by the National Training Agency
w.r.f Youth Development Norman Gilbert told the gathering at the Grenada Trade
Centre, that the first ever all male program is designed
to change lives and therefore, some lifestyle adjustments will have to be made
by those involved in the training.
“Many of you may
have been out of a structured system for quite a long time, adjusting to what
we will be asking of you, may prove to be difficult, but I want to tell you
that this is an opportunity you have, having young men meaningfully engaged is
a one of the important objectives of the Ministry of Youth Development”, said
Permanent Secretary Gilbert.
His comments were
further supported by Minister w.r.f Youth Development Kate Lewis who implored
on the men, to complete the course, despite challenges they may encounter along
Minister Lewis said “it
means you have the obligation to yourself, your family, and your communities
and of course our beautiful country Grenada, young men I say to you, Yes you
On Wednesday, the
participants will begin the journey, with literacy and numeracy assessments to
They will also undergo
a psychological review, and the need for social care.
The first component of the project
saw the training of 500 males within varying categories.
They included soft skills,
certified direct skills, literacy and numeracy exposure, social care,
counseling, social interactive activities, community sport, community projects
and apprenticeship placement.
Each participant will receive a
stipend allowance of $700.00 monthly, under a constituency package.