Youth Development Division

National Youth Policy

Youth as a concept in Dominica is still a relatively new and emerging social construct. During slavery the concept of youth did not exist. The youth was an adult and the adult was a youth until death or incapacity due to harduous physical labour (Danns, et al. 1997:13). As a result very little youth services existed.

A Youth Camp site was established at Londonderry providing young people with a facility through which skills in agriculture, auto-mechanics, carpentry, masonry, plumbing, basic electricity and metal work were acquired. Through the Dominica Cadet Corp other social development goals were established in discipline, leadership and moral development (Christian, 1988).There was an absence of collaboration and coordination among agencies offering these services and this, among other concerns, which led to the establishment of the National Youth Council in 1970.

In 1972, in response to these concerns and based on the recommendations of the Vin Lawrence Report, a Youth Development Division was established within the Ministry of Home Affairs.

The revival of the National Youth Council, the new focus on education with emphasis on universal secondary education and the development of a national youth policy are some of the initiatives that will ensure that Dominican youth meet the challenges and utilize the opportunities of the 21st century.

NOTE: The National Youth Policy is currently being reviewed and comments/suggestions/questions can be sent to us using our contact form.