Home Affairs Minister Wilfred Abrahams has lauded the work of the National Council on Substance Abuse (NCSA) for its annual Project S.O.F.T. (Safeguarding Our Future Today) transitional camp for 11 and 12 year olds.
He has also urged the young people taking part in the initiative to be wary of the choices they make at this stage in their lives, the type of company they keep and the consequences of their actions.
Minister Abrahams made the comments as he addressed the young people on the second day of the camp, and also engaged with them and answer their questions.
During the visit, he also shared personal stories about life changing choices he had to make as a child and young adult, his time at school and his first foray into the world of work.
Meanwhile, Deputy Manager of the NCSA, Troy Wickham says the Project S.O.F.T. initiative is now into its 20th year and has been achieving the desired results of positively impacting the mostly at-risk young people who pass through it.
He says the sessions are catered to include education and input from both the children and their parents and guardians.