Creative arts academy opens this weekend

NevisCreativeArtsAcademy(Sports) The much anticipated opening of the Creative Arts Academy in Nevis will take place this Saturday—26th October.

The Academy will be based at the building which formerly housed the Cotton Ground Police station.

A two day training program coordinated by Mr. Dan Mc Mullin of Operation Future was held recently at the Cotton Ground community center which effectively prepared volunteers for the task ahead of guiding the young minds within the community.

The topics covered at the interactive sessions included:

“Gang Life: What is the Attraction?,” Youth, Crime, Violence and Gangs: Understanding the Problem” and “Strategies and Actions to Mitigate Gang Violence.”

According to Mc Mullin: The core of the Creative Youth Academy is an audio and video recording studio. We’ve equipped it with professional software and the goal, that will be the engagement tool. Once the youth are engaged then we can start introducing them to life skills and necessary skills that they are not receiving on the island.’

Leading the charge alongside Mr. Mc Mullin, is Ms. Zahnela Claxton who is the Coordinator of Youth Development in Nevis.

At a recent press conference, Ms Claxton made this appeal:

We would like to invite the general public, anybody who is interest in assisting as I said, in volunteering at the Creative Youth Academy in any way, maybe just to be there in the reading programme, to cook or teaching cooking lessons. We have sporting equipment, if you are somebody who is sports-minded or you’re interested in a particular sport and you want to volunteer your time there,’ she said.

The opening ceremony is expected to commence at 3 pm and the general public is cordially invited.

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