Y@W get youths to do community service

By Mike Puia

YOUTH at Work (Y@W) programme has combined youths from about 14 communities in Honiara in a huge clean-up in the heart of the city.

The two-day clean-up which ended yesterday is part of the Y@W community service. About 250 youths involved in the clean-up.

Moses Manu who represented Y@W’s registration and training team confirmed those who involved in the clean-up are new faces to their programs.

Mr Manu said they will select some of the youths who attended the clean-up for their career expo.

He said after the expo they will select some of them to attend Y@W’s pre-employment trainings.

About 200 of those who attended yesterday’s clean-up will make it to become an intern. Y@W will help the youth to find employment as intern.

Manu said they issued 400 forms and the interest shown by youths is overwhelming.

He said they hope the programme will help reduce unemployment in Honiara and enable youths to be able to make informed decisions to progress in life.

“Getting youths involved in work will get them to start and seriously think about their future,” Manu said.

During Wednesday, day one of the clean-up, a business house freely donated cartoons of mineral waters to the youths.

The cartoons of water donated were enough for yesterday’s clean-up work.

“What happened shows that businesses appreciate youths engagement in community work. People in the street also appreciate it and you can tell that by their look,” Manu said.

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