Ministry connects with kids

The Ministry of Education, Training and Employment, along with A.M.F. Partners, a local company licensed to provide youth development, is airing a television programme geared to the youth.

Against All Odds, the half-hour youth programme, airs today, Monday, 2 November, at 7.30pm on Island24.

A rebroadcast of the episode will air tomorrow evening, Tuesday, 3 November, at 6.30 p.m. on Cayman27.

The piece focuses on at-risk youth who overcame seemingly insurmountable challenges to achieve academic and social success. It features youth telling their true stories and will include an introductory statement by Education Minister Rolston Anglin.

The show is one from a series produced by CWK Network Inc. in the US and A.M.F. Partners, the licensed franchisee and distributor of the programmes for the Caribbean.

Chief Officer Mary Rodrigues explained that her ministry supports the series because it complements strategies that the ministry plans to pursue for local at-risk youth.

‘The series’ approach is to use real stories shared by young people about issues that matter to them,’ said Ms Rodrigues. ‘As a parent and educator, I believe that this presents an important opportunity for families to have open and frank conversations about the issues facing young people, and to provide the support they need to address them.’

To date, CWK Network Inc. has won four Parents’ Choice Awards and the series has also collected 27 Emmy awards and nominations. It has also been named on the US Department of Education’s What Works Clearinghouse List, as producers of effective programmes that produce positive change in behaviour and attitudes.

A.M.F. Partners Principal Ricardo Forbes explained that he started planning the project after noting the challenges faced by local children, parents and families.

‘I felt that both CWK Network’s proven track record and the material they produce would be an excellent fit for Cayman,’ Mr. Forbes said. ‘If we can raise awareness of the problems our kids, parents and communities are facing, and provide solutions that work, we can save one child, help a parent, re-connect a family and thus make our community a better place.’

Other episodes from the series focus on bullying, drugs, teenage drinking, dating, sex, gun violence, peer pressure and health and wellness and will air through February 2010.