ANOTHER one bites the dust” is a saying often associated with the phenomena of another person who has fallen out of the race, competition or pathway. In a world where there is a certain stigma attached to youth and violence, and delinquency and societal ills attached to young people who are often seen as society’s pariahs, many juveniles continue biting the dust. However, Youth Aflame continuously remains a remnant of hope.
Founded almost 30 years ago, Youth Aflame of the Streams of Power Ministries, under the leadership of Jennifer Combie has been fostering change in and throughout St Lucia. As a youth group predominantly consisting of young people within the age range of 4 – 17 years, Youth Aflame has remained a relevant pillar in society as they continue on their journey of alleviating juvenile delinquency and poverty within Saint Lucia.
As a non-profit organization, Youth Aflame has always gathered their resources and sought funding through sponsorships, cake sales, and donations. One of their major revenue generators however is a dance and drama production. In its 17th year, this production continues funding the yearly food and toy drive undertaken by Youth Aflame. Every year they proceed to four different communities island wide, blessing 100 children and adults in each community with food items inclusive but not limited to rice, sugar, flour, milk, oil, tuna fish and more. More so, each child receives a gift inclusive of a toy and clothing items. This has been the norm for the last 25 years.
This year’s production seeks to do the same thing. “A Broken Christmas Promise” will be staged on Sunday 8th December 2019 at 7:30pm at the National Cultural Centre. Tickets cost $30 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. All funds received go directly into the island wide toy and food drive that Youth Aflame embarks on annually.
“Seeing a child’s eyes light up when they receive a gift, knowing that their mommy or daddy could not have afforded to give them one is one of the greatest sights,” one of the members commented. The public is asked to support as Youth Aflame continues fostering positive change in the lives of young people throughout St Lucia. If one wishes to donate to Youth Aflame whether it be monetary or clothing and food items, the donation can be made to the Streams of Power Ministries on Waterworks Road.