Guyana - VYC

Guyana - VOLUNTEER YOUTH CORPS INC (VYC)

The VYC was launched in 1996 against a backdrop of deteriorating care in the health sector, particularly at Guyana’s primary health care institution-Georgetown Hospital. Since that time, VYC has since grown to broadly address the developmental needs of children and youth through access to health, social and economic support necessary for improved quality of life. The youth unemployment rate is 41% in Guyana and when dis-aggregated by sex, the rate for young women is 46.90% unemployment and 39.70% for young men. VYC seeks to support young women in their careers and seeks to enhance women’s opportunities to start their own businesses. An overarching goal is to improve the socioeconomic conditions of young women living in Georgetown, Guyana.

Project Summary 1:

Volunteer Youth Corps Inc Career Guidance Program is a locally developed course taught by certified teachers in participating schools, as mandated by the Ministry of Education.  The vision of the program is to reduce the youth unemployment rate by expanding to National implementation by the Ministry of Education.  The Program goals are to develop students’ self awareness for the purpose of more fulfilling career development, develop job competencies, cultural awareness, appreciation and inclusion of ethnic and gender diversity and positive attitudes toward and contribution to environmental sustainability.  To this end the Career Guidance Program facilitators at participating schools are regularly monitored to ensure our accountability to funders and the ongoing maintenance and development of the course.

VYC's breadth of programming means that youth who participate in the Career Guidance program can graduate into other VYC programs to continue building skills and seeking employment opportunities. For example, VYC’s Women’s Empowerment Program goes a step further by introducing a sustainable option to increase young women’s income through the Savings and Business Planning Training Initiative. The program is continuously evolving to adapt to the needs of local women.VYC aims to facilitate and maintain membership, interest, and participation of young women in Guyana’s entrepreneurial environment by redefining what business training looks like and how it is practiced in the Guyanese context.

VYC Career Guidance Support Intern (1 Position):

The volunteer will visit, observe, and support the implementation of the Career Guidance program at assigned schools in Guyana’s capital city, Georgetown. Sessions will constitute the first or last half of a teaching hour or the full teaching period.  During the sessions interns will: work with youth and staff to enhance the learning of indigenous students, provide technology support, and work with VYC staff to provide feedback to teachers on approaches and methods. 

Overall, interns should expect to:

  • Enhance the learning of Indigenous and other students in the ten (10) Georgetown Schools
  • Provide hands on support to teachers facilitating Career Guidance sessions using a multi-media projector. 
  • Assist in the preparation and promotion of the Career Guidance conference for High school youth
  • Meet and build networks with the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs.
  • Complete Lesson Delivery Monitor’s Checklist to identify teaching behaviours for each observation session. 
  • Maintain a tracking spreadsheet on program delivery 
  • Deliver communications, learning materials, and documentation to Teachers as needed
  • Other task may be assigned from time to time

Required Skills/Characteristics: This position is intended to support the employability and professional growth of the interns.  To this end, as necessary, the interns will:

  • Demonstrate understanding of contemporary teaching methods, notably critical thinking, creative thinking and use of questions to promote the development of these skills with learners by monitoring use of same in program classrooms
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of timely and accurate records, cross referencing and sharing for program stability, maintenance and development by keeping such records 
  • Ideally have extensive experience working with in-school youth
  • Have a strong interest in developing youth leadership skills as they chose their own career path
  • Have experience in organizing events, and be willing to learn how to apply this to experience to work in Guyana
  • Be willing to gain knowledge of career issues affecting youth, especially Amerindians in Guyana
  • Ability to adapt to different cultures

Project Summary 2:

In most developed countries, Robotics education is integrated in the school curriculum under STEM. While in Guyana there is no known Robotics school or Laboratory established there are still great efforts being done by the organization - STEM Guyana.  Guyana is well on its way in promoting Robotics. In June 2017, the Robotics and Technology Exhibition in Georgetown showcased Robotics in a sports centre filled with children, youth, parents and other relatives, educators, and the general public. In July, Guyana experienced international recognition by coming in 10th out of 165 countries in the “FIRST Global Challenge” in Robotics in Washington, DC. 

Volunteer Youth Corps Inc (VYC) will commence the implementation of a Robotics program targeting in-school youth under its Afterschool Interactive Math and Science Program. The After-school Interactive Math and Science (AIMS) program focuses on providing afternoon classes to High school youth using the concept of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Robotics incorporates  engineering (mechanical, electrical, computer), sciences (mathematics and physics) and arts (aesthetics) and users are free to use their imagination.

The Robotics program will be implemented in 10 High schools (hosting the Afterschool interactive Math and Science Program). It is anticipated that a total of 300 students will complete the following levels in year 1:

  • Level 1: Basic for beginners 
  • Level 2: Advanced /Post beginners 
  • Level 3: Expert level (post-advanced)

The program will expose students to innovation and creative technologies and strengthened STEM education be taught under AIMS. Application of Technology and Engineering education is an interconnected learning paradigm needed in Guyana’s education curriculum.

VYC Robotics Support Intern (1 Position):

In this position, interns will be expected to:

  • Assist in planning and organizing of Introductory Robotics Training for 7 Teachers in 7 schools
  • Assist with organizing Robotics Lab to be used by 20 students daily 
  • Support teachers’ implementation of robotics classes at schools to reach 140 students 
  • Organize for students under the program to participate in Robotics competition hosted by partners
  • Lead in monitoring the implementation of the program at assigned schools 

Required Skills/Characteristics: The two interns selected for this position will need to collectively contribute the following:

  • Experience working with In-school youth
  • Interest and ability to learn the operating programming for the Lego Mindstorm EV3 Robotics Technology and Scratch General Information Technology
  • Experience in class facilitation. An asset if this experience is in Engineering and Technology 
  • Experience in organizing events and willing to learn how to apply this experience to work in Guyana
  • Knowledge of issues affecting youth, especially Indigenous in Guyana
  • Ability to adapt to different cultures

Project Summary 3:

Implementation of after school Mentoring Program for Children

The Big Brother Big Sister (BBBS) Program is an initiative designed to ‘Empower’ young children to reach their fullest potential by positively affecting their thinking and behaviour while at the same time moulding them to build self-worth and trust in their relationships both at home and school.

BCKGROUND - First, the Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring is a program designed to “help youth who face many obstacles and are at a risk of not reaching their fullest potential to recognize their dreams and realize their aspirations”. The program recruits, trains and supports positive adult role models as mentors for juvenile or disadvantage children. The uniqueness of this program is the one on one mentoring provided; hence a caring adult helps a child to positively build on their assets, especially through honing necessary to help them to cultivate a positive sense of self and instill in them positive values, responsibility and social competencies including the ability to resist negative behavior.  In a literal sense a“Big Brother or Big Sister”.

This program has had tremendous success on five of the six continents of the world, and is the first of it’s kind in South America. In the past, the program was an affiliate member of BBBS International.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program is proven to be effective in helping children make important decisions. Earlier survey conducted through Big Brother Big Sisters of America has evaluated that 300,000 relationships established, of which 64 percent of students developed more positive attitudes,  58 percent achieved higher grades, 60 percent improved relationship with adults, 64 percent have higher levels of self-confidence.  It has been proven that the program impacts positively on diminishes violent behaviour - and delays the use of drugs and alcohol and provides positive influences, among other things.

The program is voluntary for all parties involved which means small travel expenses will be reimbursed and all volunteers will be screened for their appropriateness, ability, and safety. All volunteers are provided with an orientation and training about mentoring and youth development. The needs of all youth are assessed before being matched. All "matched" relationships are supervised by a professional. Matches are professionally closed and all parties informed in writing. Volunteers provide connections with the community, monitors the service delivery system policies and procedures for service delivery are developed that adhere to international standards and reflect the community in which the program is to be carried out. Steps are taken to measure the impact of the mentoring relationship and to ensure quality results.

Objectives

  • To provides after school mentoring for 40 children who are not performing to their fullest potential at school.
  • To recruit 10-15 Mentors for the program for one-on-one session once weekly.
  • To provide refreshments at least once weekly.

Big Brothers Big Sisters ( BBBS) Intern (1 position)

In this position, interns will be expected to:

  • Recruit, screen and select of 10-15 young people as Mentors.
  • Review and provide minor updates to the VYC’s Mentor Training booklet
  • Support the training of youth as Mentors
  • Match of all candidates in accordance interest with the mentee or child.
  • Organised monthly activities to bring mentors together for feedback.
  • Update the agreement forms for mentors and clients – 1 hour per week meeting,
  • Observation checklist forms: Note the behavioural changes that relate qualities relationship between mentee and mentor.
  • Submit monthly narrative updates or as needed.

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Cohort 1 Interns Maisyn Sock, Sarah Hanson and Tyler Nowosad-Daniels visit the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs in Georgetown, Guyana.

 

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