US Ambassador to launch project steering youth away from gangs

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 09:45

New United States Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, Joseph Mondello, will on Thursday launch a project to empower youth with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and life skills, expose them to positive role models and mentors, and reduce the attractiveness of radicalism and gang membership by offering them hope and opportunity. 

The project will be launched at the Success Laventille Secondary School, 35 Eastern Main Road, Laventille.

The US Embassy says the project is a collaboration between the School, US/TT Alumni Association, and the U.S. Embassy.

It is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF), having been chosen from more than 1,300 applications.

Entitled Empowering Youth With STEM And Life Skills, the one year project based in Laventille will engage 200 students ages 11 to 13 in STEM-related activities.

Through practical hands-on activities and mentorship, the US/TT Alumni team will create a positive learning environment for students to develop life skills and become aware of employment opportunities in STEM-related fields.

The students will be exposed to alternative learning methods that are better able to address their learning needs compared to traditional teaching methods.