The Ministries of National Mobilization and National Security have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for 12 persons to join the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines (RSVG) Police Force Band through the YES programme as of February 1, 2018.
The signing ceremony was hosted by the Ministry of National Mobilisation, the RSVG Police Force Band, along with the Embassy of Taiwan on Monday January 29, 2018 at the Police Conference Room.
Newly appointed Commissioner of Police, Colin John said the twelve persons that will join the band through the YES program, will have the opportunity to be part of the RSVG Police Force once they have performed well during the program.
His Excellency, Baushuan Ger- Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) said that since the start of the YES programme in 2001 the government of Taiwan has provided EC$2.1 Million to the programme and 8,500 youths have participated. Many have gone on to become teachers, businessmen, technician, among other professions.
Meanwhile, Minister of National Mobilisation, Frederick Stephenson said he hopes that the signing of the MOU will help to prevent some young men from falling into gangs and give them the opportunity to have mainstream work along with training in music.
He said throughout the life of the YES programme, youths have gone on to earn college Degrees, Masters and PhDs and have gained permanent employment within various ministries of the government.