While officials inclusive of some political candidates typically decide on strategies they believe are in the best interest of young locals, Virgin Islands Party (VIP) At-Large Sharie de Castro is proposing a different approach to tapping into the potential of the territory’s youth.
The 27-year-old VIP candidate is proposing to have them, the territory’s youths, included in discussions as it relates to creating policies and programmes for young locals.
“It is not just about getting youths to listen. It is also about getting people in positions of authority to hear what the youth have to say. Inclusive youth development programmes must be implemented for the youth by the youth,” de Castro reasoned.
“I firmly believe that the only way we can properly empower, educate, and encourage our youth is by giving youth a ‘hand up’ not a ‘hand out’. When this kind of investment is made in the youth, I assure you they will repay it many times over by helping to create a better Virgin Islands.”
De Castro was speaking a VIP political rally recently.
Being the youngest of among the slate of VIP candidates, de Castro has seemingly based a major part of her campaign on youth development.
In recent times, there have been increased concern about a widening divide between older and younger BVI generations.
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