The YMCA Youth Outreach Services (YOS) is dedicated to developing caring, responsible individuals. YOS has three arms of youth service; MenTouring, HIV and AIDS Awareness and Youth Leadership Development. We are focused on mentoring young boys in a non-violence approach to dealing with gender issues. Our service titled MenTouring provides alternatives through lectures, activities, swimming and personal testimonials of successful males who have survived the odds in society. The MenTouring programme delivers service to Kids In Need of Direction (KIND) and St Michaels Boys’ Home, Credo and other Secondary schools in the environs.
A strong component of MenTouring is creative expression. In order to afford this opportunity, the YMCA has integrated art classes within the sessions. The integration of Art was made possible by American Women’s Group.
The newest strand of MenTouring is the Shoot2Live a project. The project seeks to address the important and socially pertinent issue of male led gender based violence amongst young men in contemporary Port of Spain through the use of photography Training of Trainers