Baking among the many skills learned during RAPP’s vocational skills camp
“I now know what I want to be says” 13-year-old Kenisha Mandarwho attended the Retiree Adolescent Partnership Programme’s July/August Vocational Skills Camp. Kenisha who attended in 2017 and learnt beauty culture returned to learn cake making and decorating and says she is now convinced that she wants to pursue a career in that skill area.
Kenishawas one of two hundred and seventy-four children ages 5 to 19, who attended the RAPP’s recently concluded three-week camp, which took place at four of RAPP’s centres located in Belmont, La Horquetta, Laventille, Couva and Valencia.
The camp, which ended with a graduation ceremony on Thursday 26th July, 2018 saw recipients receiving certificates for cake making and decorating, basic computer repairs, basic auto mechanic and repairs, computer application and repairs, baking, food preparation, woodworking and craft. Students were also able to display their achievements to proud parents, guardians, facilitators and tutors.
RAPP’s Programme Coordinator Ms Brenda McCree-Hunte in extending greetings, thanked all for their hard work and dedication, indicating that “nothing would have been possible without the input and dedication from everyone.”
The RAPP is an after school programme provided by the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services, which focuses on mentoring and empowering at risk youth aged 9-21 years. The Programme’s objectives are to provide youth, with access to supplemental and remedial classes and guidance in character formation, exposing them to sports, culture and life skills. This facilitates their holistic development while engaging retired persons in the process of nation building and promote mentoring and community support for our nation’s youth.