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UNDP and YABT Launches Youth-In Program in the Caribbean
Grenada and St. Kitts and Nevis
Rural Tourism Workshop
Young entrepreneurs in Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis participated in the first Business Labs focused on rural tourism; as part of UNDP program Youth-IN: A Caribbean Network for Youth Development. Earlier this year, YABT and UNDP signed a cooperation agreement for the implementation of the Youth-IN, in order to develop entrepreneurship in the Caribbean youth through experiential learning exercises. The objectives of the program is to provide opportunities to young individuals with an interest in entrepreneurship within the area of rural tourism; to undertake experiential learning exercises, courtesy of the trainers provided by MASHAV. Furthermore, these workshops are also part of a preparatory process for the Caribbean Innovation Challenge (CIC), a business competition based on TIC Americas that rewards innovative projects with inclusive and sustainable impact.

Saint Kitts and Nevis, June 4-8

The workshop took place at the Chamber of Industry and Commerce of Saint Kitts and Nevis. There was an opening ceremony hosted by the UNDP project Coordinator, Paula Hidalgo Sanchez, who led the opening remarks, among other notable figures that attended the event.

The Business Lab trained 30 young people (10 from Nevis, 20 from St. Kitts), the "methodology addressed the main challenges that new business ventures experience nowadays. Moreover, these workshops aim to put in practice the techniques learned in class. Therefore, the participants went to downtown Basseterre with the objective of selling items using the marketing tactics they had learned the past days. The exercise turned out to be a roaring success as the young entrepreneurs made significantly more money than was first expected and donated the proceeds to local charities.

Grenada, June 11-15

The methodology was focused on the creation of effective business models that can be implemented and applied to the nature of the projects of the entrepreneurs. The intended result was to reduce the risk of start-up failure and improve longevity of new businesses. In addition, it was focused on enhancing the abilities o of the attendees in order to train other prospective entrepreneurs.

This is the beginning of a process that will last two years, and will increase entrepreneurial activity by youth in St. Kilts and Nevis, Grenada and the other countries to host the upcoming workshops. Business Labs are helpful tools for young entrepreneurs to reinforce their practical understanding of rural tourism. Even though the workshops have concluded, the real work begins when the entrepreneurs apply their new skills to their own projects.

YABT will follow up with various stakeholders in order to support these new ventures.

Upcomoming Youth-In workshops:

August 13 to 17 St John's, Antigua & Barbuda Business Labs focused on Green Enterprises
August 20 to 24 Paramaribo, Suriname Business Labs focused on Green Enterprises
August 20 to 24 Roseau, Dominica Business Labs focused on Cultural Enterprises
August 27 to 31 Nassau, Bahamas Business Labs focused on Cultural Enterprises

View complete list of workshops