YDZ To Host Community Event On October 1st

September 30, 2015

The Youth Development Zone project is combining its efforts with the residents of Northeast Hamilton to put on a community event, aimed at strengthening relationships in the area and providing residents with information on resources and opportunities.

On Thursday evening, October 1st, 4:30 to 8:30pm, at EF Gordon Square [Carpark off Court St], businesses, residents and organizations from the Northeast Hamilton area are coming together to hear about resource support and opportunities available for residents.

Information will be provided from the Department of Workforce Development, the Police Service, Bermuda Economic Development Corporation, Bermuda Red Cross, Department of Energy, Family Centre and various other organizations. There will be live entertainment, food and resource booths for parents and adults.

Chair of the Coordinating Team which manages the Youth Development Zone project, Martha Dismont, states that “The Youth Development Zone project was developed to provide the young people and their families within Northeast Hamilton with healthy youth programmes and coordinated agency resource support.

“The Core Partner Team that meets monthly to strategize on how to support residents is made up of representatives from BEDC, Bermuda Police Service, Workforce Development, Bermuda Housing, the Bermuda Coalition, Bermuda Red Cross and youth and Pastor leaders.

The October 1st event will include a “Walkabout” through the area by dignitaries beginning at 2:30, which will end at 4:15pm at VL Variety in EF Gordon Square. There will be live entertainment between 4:30 and 5:30, and again after 7pm.

Presentations from organizations will be between 5:30 and 7pm, including booths with brochures and information. Refreshments will be available to the public, and area residents are invited to come out to celebrate youth and to hear about resources which are available.

Mrs. Dismont said “The Youth Development Zone was launched in response to growing problems affecting youngsters, including violence, gangs, parental challenges, lack of access to resources, and polarized communities.

“Residents in Pembroke, and particularly our young people, need to know that we care about their future. We want residents to know there are donors, agencies and organizations that are working in their best interest, and are invested in their success.”

Major funders of the Youth Development Zone project are the Bank of Bermuda Foundation, XL-Catlin, HSBC, Bermuda, and the Peter Cundill Foundation.

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