The YEP Board of Directors in discussions with sponsors have reluctantly decided to postpone the summer programme in Road Town.
Executive Director of YEP, Mr. Stacy Mather, MBE “we have considered the present situation in the territory as it relates to COVID-19, along with the mandated postponement of summer programs by the BVI Government. Moreover, in light of the conversion of the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex now as a field hospital, we are skeptical that we can offer our youth and their families a true “YEP experience” under these circumstances, commented YEP
Past Rotary Club of Tortola President, Dion Stoutt added, “Our club remains committed to seeing this initiative take place in Road Town. It is very unfortunate given the circumstances in the territory at this time, and as such we must consider the safety of all. Moreover, we are even more concerned for the children and parents who were excited for the YEP experience this summer.”
Mather further stated, “We are disheartened given the efforts and resources put forward over the past few months towards this project. We would like to express our gratitude to the Rotary Club of Tortola, sponsors and other community-minded persons who came forward to assist us. YEP remains committed to making this programme happen in the near future. We also would like to wish all those in the territory who are impacted by this disease a speedy recovery.”
With the sponsorship of the Rotary Club of Tortola, YEP had sought to pilot a “Pop-up” summer programme for youth ages 8-15 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Road Town. Youth were to be actively engaged in over 30 activities, for the months of July and August with free enrolment. Since its establishment in 2005, YEP has provided programming and support to over 6,000 youth. YEP is an international affiliate of the World Federation of Youth Clubs and also of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.