The mandate of the Youth Affairs division is to integrate young people in the heart of the dynamic discourse and process of formulating, implementing and evaluating youth policy to ensure that it would shape positively their social, economic, political and cultural life.
To make St. Maarten a safer and healthier place for young people and provide a better life through access to opportunities and prospect to the youth of St. Maarten.
The Integrated Youth Policy recognizes that a “holistic” approach to the development of an environment that optimizes the potential of each child and youth of St. Maarten is imperative.
The general principles guiding the Integrated Youth Policy of St. Maarten are:
- Youth development is essential to the development of St. Maarten but should not be approached in an isolated manner but as an integral part of the development of the whole society and the overall social economic development of the island.
- Youth development should be seen as an opportunity to prepare the youth as an added dimension to the human resource of the socio-economic fabric of the island.
- The many initiatives carried out in the field of youth development must be consolidated with the ultimate goal to build on the strengths of, and mobilize the youth sector to have a more positive contribution to its own development.
- Youth development is too important an area in which to waste resources; there should be coherence in the roles, institutions and capacities needed for youth development.
- To reduce the overall youth unemployment
- To synchronize the qualifications and skills of the youth of St. Maarten with the Labor Market by applying Informal education techniques
- To reduce the negative consequences incidence of high risk behavior amongst the youth of St. Maarten
- To have more informed young person on the topics of reproductive health, healthy eating habits and engaged in a healthier lifestyle
The Integrated Youth Policy focuses on the following priority target groups:
- Unemployed youth
- Youth at risk
- Youth with behavioral problems
- Youth living with “unhealthy” lifestyles