PARAMARIBO–The Suriname Youth Development and Juvenile Justice Program, known as “KARI YU!”, which is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has formalized grant agreements with non-government organizations, to support greater youth access to employment, vocational education and other opportunities.
Memoranda of understanding between KARI YU! and government ministries were also formalized. A signing ceremony was held on Friday, December 13, 2013 at the home of the National Youth Parliament in Paramaribo, the US embassy announced in a press release.
Present at the event were US Ambassador to Suriname, Jay Anania; Minister of Sport, Ismanto Adna; representatives of youth, government, private sector and civil society. In making remarks, Ambassador Anania noted that “It is symbolic, that here at the home of the youth parliament, representatives of youth, government, private sector and civil society are united by and for our youth.” He also stressed “The US Embassy, USAID and the American People, remain committed to supporting your efforts to build a more competitive and resilient Suriname.”
The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF), an affiliate of the Organization of American States (OAS/OEA), is implementing the KARI YU! program.
Through the agreements signed, KARI YU! will support partnerships with the Government of Suriname, private-sector companies, and local non-governmental organizations (NGOs), that will provide innovative support to youth including mentorship and internship opportunities for at-risk youth, engagement of employers to develop networks for “matchmaking” jobs and unemployed youth, service delivery, tailored training, supporting the reintegration of incarcerated youth and providing support to help ensure that the juvenile justice system is more responsive to the rehabilitative needs of youth offenders.
The agreements are aligned with the strategic interventions highlighted in four assessment reports carried out by KARI YU! between April and August 2013.