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The Division of Youth Affairs in Barbados was established in 1995 as a fully staffed and specific agency responsible for fulfilling Government’s mandate and commitment to youth development.

Now in its 25th year, the Division continues to deliver a suite of services through its Barbados YouthADVANCE Corps, Youth Development Programme, Youth Entrepreneurship Scheme, Next Steps Training Initiative, Pathways Employability Programme and National Summer Camps.

Our vision is “to facilitate the development of confident, proud, self-reliant and creative individuals through involvement in productive activity that contributes to personal, community and national development”.

Our Departments

Barbados YouthADVANCE Corps

Youth Development Programme

Youth Entrepreneurship Scheme


National Summer Camps

Next Steps Training Initiative


National Summer Camps Programme 2022

The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment National Summer Camps will be held at community venues and schools across Barbados, from July...

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National Youth Policy (Barbados)

Barbados is internationally renowned for the remarkable progress it has made since the escalation of the movement for social reform in 1937 which led...

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Anti-Violence Promotion Competition

The Youth Development Programme of the Division of Youth Affairs in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment is inviting young people...

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Call For Applications - CARICOM Youth Ambassador

The CARICOM Youth Ambassadors Programme (CYAP) is the Community’s institutional arrangement for deepening levels of youth partnership and...

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