The challenges which Barbados is facing with young people between the ages of 14 and 15 are not unique to this region.
That’s according to child advocate, Faith Marshall-Harris, who made the point during a recent interview with CBC News.
Barbados is among the 193 countries which make up the international organisation known as the United Nations.
Even though thousands of miles may separate us from other member states, Mrs. Marshall-Harris says one common thread is the deviant behavior exhibited by young people of a certain age group.
Mrs. Marshall-Harris was speaking against the backdrop of the recently concluded camp inspire, which targeted students of the Grantley Adams Memorial School between the ages of 14 and 15.
She says while her hope for greater parental involvement did not materialise, there were some positives.
the camp, participants engaged with over 60 facilitators and camp counsellors
who attempted to help them improve on their weak areas.
Ms. Marshall-Harris says several facilitators including a cosmetologist, landscaper and craftsman have expressed a willingness to offer job attachments to interested students.