Developing Our Youth

Under the theme “Things Bajan”, the SBA hosted its premiere youth event during Small Business Week 2016.

The Youth Forum was a culmination of SBA’s Enterprise In Action (EIA) Youth Programme 2016, and an opportunity to engaged schools for the new academic year in the schools-based entrepreneurial programme. The event featured several presentations from students on the business theories learnt and the projects undertaken at the various schools during the 2015-2016 period.

Some of the projects developed at the schools and discussed or showcased during the forum included:

•    Event Planning Business
•    Deli
•    Arts & Craft
•    Pastry Shop & Smoothie Bar
•    Cup Cake Pizza
•    Food Business
•    Pizza Burger
•    Reselling of Cakes

 CEO of the SBA, Ms Lynette Holder, presented the overall objective of the EIA programme, as an initiative intended “to inculcate an entrepreneurial mind-set, more so than encourage everyone to become entrepreneurs; to encourage persons to think outside the box, be more innovative and prepared to take risks.” Ms Holder also made a plea for the business-based subjects on the schools’ curriculum to be immediately upgraded and further stated that the educational system was ‘still training children to pass exams’. The CEO urged that there was still much work to be done to get the next generation of leaders, employees and business owners to have a renewed way of thinking.

New Junior Be SME Smart Discount Cards, offering discounts from businesses registered within the SBA, were presented to all EIA students. These cards would afford the students special offers and discounts from member companies to purchase school supplies and any other good or service required.

The EIA programme, which is designed for students in the 4th and 5th form at secondary schools, is currently offered in 13 schools, catering to over 250 students.

During the forum prizes were also presented to winners of the ‘I am SME Smart Essay Competition’. The 1st Place winner was Dabrianna Hinkson from St. Jude’s Primary School, 2nd Place went to Brianna Worrell from All Saints’ Primary School, and in 3rd position was Sianna Riley from All Saints’ Primary School.

In keeping with the theme, “Things Bajan”, a number of artefacts and oddities of Barbados yesteryear over five decades, were on display at the Forum. Among these were coal pots, cast irons, an old television, a Rediffusion radio, a mortar & pestle set and juking board.

 Collage of Youth Forum projects