Thursday 9 April, 2020

Gore Foundation partners with HEART to train St James youth

In attendance at the signing ceremony were Marlene Malahoo Forte, member of parliament for St James West Central; Christine & Phillip Gore of the Gore Foundation and Dr Janet Dyer, Managing Director  of the HEART Trust NTA.

In attendance at the signing ceremony were Marlene Malahoo Forte, member of parliament for St James West Central; Christine & Phillip Gore of the Gore Foundation and Dr Janet Dyer, Managing Director  of the HEART Trust NTA.

The Gore Foundation and HEART Trust\NTA are keeping hope alive for youth in the Granville, St James by providing persons between the ages of 18 and 24 with training and work experience.

This is being done in partnership with the Prime Minister’s Housing, Opportunities, Production and Employment (HOPE) Policy Initiative and implemented through the National Service Corps.

The Phillip and Christine Gore Family Foundation, last Friday officially signed a partnership agreement with the HEART Trust\ NTA  to strengthen the programme in the Granville area. 

The programme will sponsor 50 interns from St. James and provide training opportunities from the merged entity of the HEART\Trust NTA.

“We can no longer ignore the young people who have paid the price for a system that has failed them” said Christine Gore of the Gore Foundation.

“We all pay the price for the gang violence that ravage our island home as a foundation we have decided to do something about it. The Gore family foundation has been waiting for one year to find the right program and the right partner to join forces with to combat this problem, we are confident that the Prime Minister’s H.O.P.E program or on attached youth is the right program and HEART NTA is the right partner for this challenge”.

In attendance at the signing ceremony were Marlene Malahoo Forte, member of parliament for St James West Central; Christine & Phillip Gore of the Gore Foundation and Dr Janet Dyer, Managing Director  of the HEART Trust NTA.

Dr Janet Dyer, Managing Director  of the HEART Trust NTA.(left) presents a token to Phillip Gore, Founder of the Gore Foundation (right) as Marlene Malahoo Forte (centre), Member of Parliament for St James West Central looks on. 

The Gore Foundation has donated $6 million towards the programme and is committed to assisting with the placement of interns in areas such as: digitization, construction, plumbing, and landscaping through Gore Developments.

Dyer indicated that the execution of this aspect of the programme, being funded by the GORE Foundation would be specifically targeted at youths in the Granville area.

“There are no specific requirements to be a part of the programme; interested persons from this community can be recommended through their churches or MPs, or submit applications to the HEART Trust and Gore Foundation offices,” said Dyer.

She believes that this investment will allow the HEART Trust to extend its reach in the community.

“We hope this cohort of interns will come on board, learn on the job, and through this programme, create a pathway to decent work and decent living for themselves. This will give their futures a brighter hope”.

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