The positive and meaningful investments made in our Youths today can only yield a stronger and productive Virgin Islands tomorrow. It is for this reason with God’s help and my people support that as First District Representative I continue to be consistent with my efforts in helping to guide our First District Youth as well as other Youths in a direction that will equip them with the necessary tools/skills that will significantly assist them in fulfilling their God given purpose for existing. In keeping with this mission, this summer many First District Youth were transported weekly on Monday to Fridays from the First District to YEP: Youth Empowerment Programme at the eastern end of the islands (Tortola, V.I.) to learn skills in computers, culinary skills, art, graphics, the importance of protecting the shorelines, mangroves and the overall environment and keeping them clean, as well as many other needed lifelong skills. They were safely transported daily by Ms. Smyrna Romney’s Taxi/Transportation Services. It was a pleasure to once again sponsor this youth initiative that is done annually. I thank all involved especially Mr. Stacey Mather the co-ordinator of YEP along with his entire staff for taking the time to share such valuable skills with the youth who were not only from the First District but other areas as well. Efforts such as these I cannot allow to go unnoticed. YEP continues to serve our youth well and all sponsors and contributors to YEP, of both the public and private sector, must be commended. The First District Youth that participated reported that they enjoyed the experience. They further stated that the skills acquired from the Programme will go a long way in helping them to develop into responsible and productive citizens.