MPower 3.0 Successfully Launched

PR – Four hundred (400) young men, twenty-five of whom are inmates at Her Majesty’s Prisons, have been handed a second chance through the MPower Program, which was recently launched at the Grenada Youth  and Cultural Centre 

The one-year programme provides young men between the ages 18-35 with opportunities  for self-empowerment, holistic development, skills certification, and employment. 

Addressing participants at the official launch, Minister with responsibility for Youth  Development, Hon. Kate Lewis said the project will lead to a safer Grenada, a more  empowered workforce and stronger young men who will help to build the country.  

She beseeched the young men to remain focused, motivate others and be true  ambassadors of the MPower programme “You are now charged with the responsibility to  motivate and encourage each other to remain focused, to learn new skills, develop the  right attitude so that you can graduate as true MPower Ambassadors, who will testify to  the benefits of this program”. 

Participants engaged in the program will acquire life skills, direct skills, and Core  development training. 

While congratulating the young men, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National  Security, Youth Development and Home Affairs Merina Jessamy, challenged them to  break the cycle of dependency, by utilising the myriad of opportunities available to them. 

“Don’t waste this chance, don’t waste this opportunity, do not enter the program and just  go through the motion. You are not here representing only yourself, but also your family,  you may just become your family’s first billionaire, the first to start a business, to break  the dependency cycle, be an ambassador for yourself, your community and your nation”. 

The 3rd cohort of participants also includes young men from the disabled community, the  result of a partnership with the Grenada National Council for the Disabled (GNCD).  

Successful participants will benefit from a Grant Fund to start their own business. 

The money will be disbursed through the Small Business Unit in the Division of Youth  Development (Yutbiz) 

The MPower program is fully funded by the Government of Grenada, to transform lives,  strengthen communities and influence change.