The Ministry of Youth Development and National Service (MYDNS), in an effort to positively influence our diverse 468,000-member youth population, will be guided by the National Youth Policy (2020-2025), which focuses on the empowerment and strategic engagement of our youth, as co-creators of sustainable development initiatives.
The Youth Policy was developed and bolstered on the following (8) strategic priorities for youth development:
The Geriatric Adolescent Partnership Programme (GAPP) is an intensive short-term intergenerational training programme, which aims to inculcate discipline, impart knowledge and promote a sense of caring for the elderly among cohorts between the ages of 17 – 35. GAPP responds to and addresses the growing and complex needs of Trinidad and Tobago’s ageing population through the provision of geriatric care and companionship services.
As a partnership programme, GAPP facilitates in the development of strong, social ties between elderly and adolescent groups. As participants of the Programme, young person’s provide companionship and geriatric care services in exchange for mentorship and other opportunities for their intrapersonal development.
The Programme seeks to:
To sensitize young men and women to the aging process and prepare them, through training and field visits, to develop practical skills and values toward professional approach to work.
The GAPP Training Programme comprises three (3) levels: Level I and Level II Training; and an Internship Programme. These two (2) training levels are made up of three components, namely Classroom sessions, Assessments and Institutional and Private Home Placement supervision and monitoring. The internship level or placement services is where a graduate of the training programme is placed in the private home of an elderly person where they will be continuously supervised, monitored and evaluated.
Level I: Target 17-30 years
Structure: 16-week programme (80 days). Session comprise Lectures, demonstrations and role playing. Subject Areas: Nutrition and Home Management, Nursing Aide Skills and Health Promotion, Life Skills, Literacy and Numeracy. Elective Sessions include: Fit for Life Motivational Lectures, Financial Management, Parenting and Guest lectures. Practicum: Private Home Placement.
Level II: Target 18 -35 years
Structure: 18-week programme (90 days). Session comprise Lectures, demonstrations and role playing and a two-week practicum (on-the-job training) where trainees are placed in private homes and institutions and continually supervised, assessed and monitored. Trainees will participate in a comprehensive range of Electives sessions, which are provided based on the current prevailing trends and needs of elderly.
Services provided to the elderly are:
The Programme offers a stipend of sixty dollars ($60.00) per day for Level 1 and ($70.00) per day for Level 2, with a five (5) days training week to all participants, for each day attended.
Internship Programme / Placement Services
Graduates of the Level II Training Programme are matriculated into an Internship Programme (final level of the GAPP). Upon successful completion of the taught training, the trainee will be engaged in a two (2) year Internship Programme. At this level of the graduates are assigned as Caregivers at elderly clients homes where their competency in geriatric care will be enhanced. The interns, are now supervised by the Regional Coordinators and Field Assessment Officers. Elderly national assisting the graduates through their internship process by apply for Caregivers at the Regional Offices. The programme a stipend of $3,200.00 per month pro rata to Caregivers who to are assign to an elderly client.
For more information, please contact:
Geriatric Adolescent Partnership Programme Administrative Office
55 – 57 St Vincent Street, Port of Spain
623-2608 ext. 1281 – 1286