K1 Britannia to launch social development program

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PHILIPSBURG – Starting in November, the K1 Britannia Foundation will begin its new 6-month program that will provide 16 foster teenagers, and 5 teenagers under probationary measures aged 16-18, with work experience placements, educational and practical training courses, “work-ready” workshops and volunteer placements with social development organizations.

The program aims to increase the employability of foster teenagers and those on probationary measures in St. Maarten.

K1 Program Manager Tony Dunkerley explained, “Finding employment is a major problem for foster teenagers and teenagers on probationary measures on St. Maarten – particularly for those with limited higher education, relevant training, work experience, or those with a criminal history. In addition, as they approach 18 years of age, and leave the foster care system/join the adult probationary system, there is no further support and they often find themselves unemployed and with limited options.”

The K1 Britannia Foundation is committed to assisting these youths in a variety of forms, but this relies entirely on the involvement and generosity of the community. The Foundation is now looking for employers, who can offer a 2-month work placement with their respective businesses.

Businesses interested in offering a placement, or those who wat to discuss the program further can email Project Manager Anthony Dunkerly at anthony.britanniafoundation@gmail.com.

For information on the foundation, visit www.k1britanniafoundation.org and “K1 Britannia Foundation” on Facebook.