Empowering tomorrow's leaders today
The National Youth Policy Process, 2006, started in November 2005 with the coming together of major stakeholders in an activity to analyze the situation of youth and to identity keep strategic areas of intervention and development. Subsequently, a National Task Force comprised of representatives of over 35 organizations was constituted in February, 2006. The Task Force met weekly to guide the policy formulation process. The process and the resulting policy therefore were informed by a series of community, media and national consultations with young people, youth groups, youth service organizations youth development partners, NGOs, CBOs and regional and international development partner agencies.
This policy as represented by this document is truly a collaborative effort. It represents inputs the Government of Antigua & Barbuda through the National Department of Youth Affairs supported by the National Youth Policy Task Force, the National Youth Ambassador Corps, Commonwealth Youth Programme, and UNICEF. It also represents the dynamic input of youth, youth organizations and youth development partners. This period of collaboration heralds a new era of youth development and provides a model for the efficient use of scarce resources. The Policy will be supported by a National Youth Development Strategy (NYDS) which will act as the guide to its implementation and monitoring over the next five to ten years.