THE National Youth Service (NYS) has launched an expanded 2015 Empowerment Programme with a special focus on the community of people with disabilities (PwD).
The expanded programme, which will cater to 100 PwDs across five parishes, will provide tools and opportunities to improve the quality of life for and increase their participation and contribution in society by strengthening their personal capacities and improving their preparation for the labour force.
The announcement of the expanded programme coincided with yesterday's observance of International Day for People with Disability (IDPwD), as designated by the United Nations with the aim of promoting an understanding of disability issues and mobilisng support for the dignity, rights and well being of persons with disabilities.
The NYS piloted Camp Empowerment in 2013, enhancing the social, professional and intellectual capacity of 35 individuals with mild disabilities through increased exposure to targeted life skills and technical and vocational learning.
The agency reserves 10 per cent of spaces in its programme for PwDs to provide meaningful personal and workforce development.
Recruitment of participants and engagement of coaches has already begun for the NYS 2015 Empowerment Programme which will include three weeks of training, six months of paid internship and continued support for the PwDs.