In response to the deteriorating work ethic and the apparent absence of critical thinking employed in the wider community in dealing with issues of national and international import, AMCHAM T&T initiated the National Youth Productivity Forum (NYPF). This was done as we are sensible of the fact that in order to accomplish meaningful and sustainable change the psyche of our young and impressionable citizens must be effectively engaged in the dialogue and planning process. The model of the NYPF, which targets students between the ages of 16 to 18 years in all secondary schools in the country, is multifaceted and comprises the following:
1. Discussion Round: secondary schools in the country are divided into five zones - North, South, East and Central Trinidad and Tobago. In each zone four schools will represent perspectives of Government, Labour, Business or Civil Society, respectively, so that the ideas, arguments and solutions enunciated will be a distillation of views from all national stakeholders. The final round comprises the winners from each perspective. To download a copy of the registration form for the Discussion Round please click here
2. Online Component: This component is on our Facebook page – it is an interactive forum which engages students on the discussion theme. Students receive prizes for correctly responding to questions posed on the discussion boards.
3. A School’s Project: Schools participate in the NYPF by submitting a current or future project which students implemented in their schools and/or communities that embodies the theme and productivity. To download a copy of the Project registration form click here
4. Internships: AMCHAM T&T through its membership places students in organisation to work for the July/August vacation