The Governor’s office extended best wishes to the Youth Empowerment Programme (YEP) on the milestone ten year anniversary of the Fat Hog’s Bay center. In announcing the important milestone YEP Executive Director Stacy ‘Buddha’ Mather announced in a Facebook post: “YEP has been working with youth for over a decade now. Our Centre in Fat Hog’s Bay opened 10 years ago today. With over 2,000 youth served, we continue to provide hope and opportunities for all our YEPpies.”
The Youth Empowerment Programme is a privately funded youth center in the Virgin Island that opened in May 2007. It is a safe haven that provides opportunities and activities for young people; and has provided meaningful activities for over 700 children in the last eight years.
The program encourages team building and positive youth development. It is open daily after school, Saturdays, public holidays as well as school vacations, and approximately 150 youth between the ages of 8-15 benefit.
Last August YEP received rave review and attention when the students presented an interesting documentary of the British Virgin Islands they had created as part of their summer activity.
The initiative which was called “BVI 360” involved the documentation of various areas around the Territory, and was conducted using Google Cardboard 360; which allows persons to experience virtual reality in a simple and fun way.