Following a two-week training program funded by the United States Agency for
International Development through its Community, Family and Youth Resilience (CFYR)
Program, 18 young people received Certificates of Participation after completing a combined workshop on Youth Agro-Entrepreneurship, Social and Leadership Skills.
These young people, who hail from Anse La Raye District in Saint Lucia, completed a 40 hour curriculum that included sessions in crop production with basic farm and business management, as well as 8 hours of training in social and leadership skills that incorporated sessions on self-awareness, teamwork, conflict resolution and communications.
The young people who are teaming up to launch their own enterprise, Youth Coast Farm,
are being guided by local farmers, agricultural extension officers and representatives of the
business community in Saint Lucia.
This activity forms part of CFYR’s program of activities, across five communities in Saint
Lucia, to empower youth to become more productive citizens and reduce their vulnerability
to crime and violence, and is part of a larger effort by the United States Government to help create a safer and more prosperous Caribbean. In addition to Anse La Raye, CFYR
implements activities in the Districts of Dennery, Soufriere and Vieux Fort, as well as
communities within Central Castries (Bois Patat, Grass Street, Leslie Land, Marchand and
Morne Du Don).
The graduation event, which took place on August 29th at the Jon Odlum Secondary School
near Marigot, was attended by representatives from the international development
community including the private sector, representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture,
as well as local residents from the Anse La Raye District, all of whom are fully supportive of
the young entrepreneurs in their quest to create opportunities and livelihoods that
strengthen their communities.