FRC Embarks On After-School Programme – Cultural Institution Targets At-Risk Youth

PRESS RELEASE – THE Msgr. Patrick Anthony Folk Research Centre (FRC) is embarking on an after-school programme for at-risk youth from age 8 to 18 currently enrolled at a learning institution.

The programme will begin on January 15 and end on August 31 and will run from Mondays to Fridays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at FRC’s premises at Mount Pleasant, Castries.

The programme will:
• provide supervision of students in a positive, structured and safe environment;
• provide academic focus with time to complete homework, receive tutoring to complete if needed. (There will be a homework log and forms to help track individual homework and school progress);
• provide opportunities to engage in extracurricular activity (music, drama, dance, art, etc.); and
• provide life skills training such as conflict resolution to enable students to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life.

The programme caters for 50 students who will come from the following communities: Leslie Land, Morne Du Don, Grass Street, Vieux Fort, Soufriere, Anse la Raye, Bois Patat and Marchand.

It has been observed that keeping students actively involved in school-related activities lessens the chances of them getting involved in criminal activity such as substance abuse, theft and other activities that may result in youth violence.

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