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SLNYC President Says Dysfunctional Families Negatively Impacting Young People

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The President of the Saint Lucia National Youth Council (SLNYC) believes dysfunctional families are among the issues negatively impacting young people.

Yaniqueca Jean-Bart William spoke at a news conference on Monday to introduce the organisation’s new executive, amid concerns about a surge in violent crime.

“Our stand is a zero tolerance when it comes to crime,” the SLNYC President explained.

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And she acknowledged that different situations affect young people.

As a result, Jean-Bart William disclosed that her organisation would adopt a different approach to the crime situation by understanding what young people are facing and then creating remedial programmes.

Nevertheless, she asserted that families are dysfunctional, contributing to many youngsters’ lack of supervision and guidance.

The SLNYC President recalled that it used to be that a village would raise a child.

But she lamented that those morals and values have disappeared.

As a result, she told reporters that people do not now feel the need to discipline or reach out a child engaged in wrongdoing.

In addition, Jean-Bart William observed that most parents work in the hotel industry, many on long shifts.

“This poses a problem in that children are left unattended and basically when they are left unattended, they tend to go to what we call the Ghettoes. They tend to be liming the streets,” she told Monday’s news conference.

According to the SLNYC official, this could result in the youngsters engaging in negative activity.

She also spoke of the importance of meeting the basic needs of youngsters.

“If a man cannot eat, that poses a problem,” she asserted, emphasising the need to find stable employment for them.

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  1. Please say this a bit louder. Unless society cannot comprehend the fundamental role the family plays in society we will continue having some serious issues. Fathers especially, need to play their roles.

  2. “The SLNYC President recalled that it used to be that a village would raise a child” Was she alive when this was happening. Chooppss tan. U mean that’s a statement. What a WOW. All of us older than u and younger know that, so what’s the pt in saying something we already know. U sound like a leader I know. A bunch of statements to say things everyone already knows and run away your responsibility. It’s all somebody else fault so why ask us to help solve the problem. Choops tan

  3. If children are left unattended for long periods then provide positive activity for them to participate in.

  4. Finally, someone who is hitting the nail on the head in relation to society’s problem…I have been saying this for years on this forum….if you want to solve the issues in society look at the family…that’s where it starts…and policies need to be developed to help families raise well rounded citizens who will contribute meaningfully to society….now that you know where to look, put things in place to reverse the trend of decline in society…..

  5. Part of that is the young age women are having children! When children are having children, they are still out partying and such. Not only does that mean they are not home caring, but also that their children are seeing this behavior and wanting to mimic it when they are too young to understand that’s for grown people. The 14 year old drinking at the bar I was at is an example. I left. Not interested in drinking with children! And this is common now. 🙁

  6. Re Article: She hits the nail on the head., regarding most of the parents are working long hours at the HOTEL’S Bingo.we should start from that observation and engaging the hotel’s to shorten the hours work per person so The workers will have quality time to spend with their children, we should create a three 8 hours shift System with a minimum living wage at least $10 + per hour, and, with this System we will put Dent in the CRIMINAL activities and also the senseless murders we are currently observing…
    The Hotel’s must be involved to help the Villages to raise our CHILDREN in the right direction., the hotel’s are draining our country out of most valuable Treasures and laughing all the way to the Banks, likewise the BANKS,they too, should assist us also..
    We should encourage the Hotel’s and the Banks to assist us to make it a win win problem solving strategy..
    I endorse my thoughts..


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