It’s about saving the at-risks youths of the Territory, Shan Mohamed, of the Rotary Club of Road Town, Minister Mitch Turnbull President of the Hope Foundation, and President of Follow the Movement (FTM) Craig Lake indicated as they signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 10 July at Maria’s By the Sea.

The signing cemented the new partnership between the three organizations as they endeavour to help youths across the Virgin Islands realize their full potential. The new President of the Rotary Club of Road Town and the new Board were credited for contacting FTM and the Hope Foundation and arranging the collaboration.

Mr. Mohamed praised FTM and the Hope Foundation for the work that they have been doing with the youths of the Territory, and thanked them for agreeing to partner with the Rotary Club of Road Town. He said that the Club feels that there is a need to reach more young people in the community and instead of re-inventing the wheel, they have decided to join forces with the two organizations to change lives.

“We stand together today because we recognize that there is a problem facing our youth. We recognize that our youth need our help and we here to say to them a “change” is coming. At one of our club meetings, the Director of Public Prosecution pointed out that more youth are involved in crime, we have seen our young men being expelled from the Elmore Stoutt High School, and we have seen the persistent problem of teenage pregnancy and sexual health. Ladies and gentlemen, we are all fully aware of the problems confronting our youth. Some of the challenges are well documented in the media; however, what is not presented to us are the root causes of the problems,” the President of the Rotary Club of Road Town said.

He stated that the signing of MOU is the beginning of a great experience, and the beginning of a change that will light the way for the future of these Virgin Islands. Mr. Mohamed explained that embedded in the MOU is a commitment for us to work on five critical areas which are crime minimization, drug prevention, at-risk sexual behavior, self esteem and behavioural attitudes

Mr. Lake announced that by joining together the three organizations will be able to reach more youths than they would have been able to individually.

That point was echoed by Minister Turnbull who announced that that the youths need more than scolding, they need someone to walk with them and show them the way.

Minister for Education and Culture, Hon. Myron Walwyn praised the collaboration and said that it is a very good partnership being formed.

LIME, Mourant Ozannes and Nagico were highlighted as partners of the initiative. Remarks were also made by LIME BVI General Manager, Sean Auguste, and Director of Nagico, Sarah Hatcher.