SAN JUAN – The Caribbean Community is preparing to hold a Youth Crime and Violence Forum to discuss advances made by a Spanish-financed pilot program, the regional grouping said Friday in a statement.
The two-day event in Georgetown, Guyana, funded by the Caribbean Development Bank and Spanish government, will review progress of a two-year CARICOM/Spain project aimed at reducing youth-on-youth violence in the Caribbean.
The pilot program is under way in five CARICOM member-states: Antigua and Barbuda, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago.
During the forum, some 100 people from across the region will engage in interactive sessions focused on four main issues: Violence Against Children; School Violence; Gender-Based Violence; and Youth Gangs and Violence.
Violence is the leading cause of death among males 15-24 in the Caribbean, according to CARICOM statistics.
CARICOM comprises Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.