Port of Spain, March 21, 2022: Minister of Youth Development and National Service, the Honourable Foster Cummings, “kicked-off” restorative works on the facilities for Children in Need of Supervision (CHINS), at the former St. Michael’s School for Boys in Diego Martin.
During his brief remarks, Minister Cummings stated “we needed to create safe spaces for our young people in need of supervision, but more importantly, we are dealing with the development of our young people in a holistic manner.”
Also speaking at this morning’s event was Chief Executive Officer of the National Maintenance Training and Security Company Limited (NMTS), Mr. Lennox Rattansingh, who expressed the Company’s commitment to working closely with the contractors to ensure the timely delivery of the project, which is expected to be completed in eight (8) months.
The National Maintenance Training and Security Company Limited is the project manager for the restorative works. The works will consist of general masonry, plumbing, repairs to the rainwater and guttering system, carpentry, painting, as well as upgrades to the electrical and air conditioning systems.
The St. Michael’s School for Boys, before its closure in 2018, accommodated young men who were homeless and in need of care and supervision, as well as those who were in conflict with the Law. When re-opened, the facility will provide a Residential Restorative Development Programme for young boys between the ages of 12 and 18, which would incorporate Psychosocial support, Skills Training, Career and Personal development and Job Placement for reintegration into society.
The Ministry of Youth Development and National Service remains committed to bringing all stakeholders together to promote youth development and encourages civic-minded citizens to contribute to national service across Trinidad and Tobago.