Roxborough Police Youth Club gets special recognition

Over 100 non-profit organisations from Trinidad and Tobago, government dignitaries and members of the JB Fernandes family gathered at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad to celebrate the recipients of the inaugural JB Fernandes Award for NGO Excellence in Trinidad and Tobago.

The special recognition honoree from Tobago was the Roxborough Police Youth Club, while Port of Spain-based Vision on Mission was announced as the 2012 Award Recipient of the JB Fernandes Award for NGO Excellence.

The award presentation was held during the 2012 T&T NGO Professionals Conference, which was sponsored by the JB Fernandes Memorial Trust and convened by the Institute of International Education in partnership with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors on May 11-12 at the Hyatt. A judging panel of local and international foundations and non-profits selected five special recognition honourees and one winning recipient for the JB Fernandes Award for NGO Excellence in Trinidad & Tobago.

Several government dignitaries attended the T&T NGO Professionals Conference and Friday's award presentation, including THA Chief Secretary Orville London, who stated during his remarks that "the Tobago House of Assembly will continue to support and collaborate with NGOs in the interest of Tobago and the people of this country."

Chief Secretary Orville London also congratulated Tobago's special recognition honoree organisation, the Roxborough Police Youth Club, which was started 21 years ago to foster the growth and empowerment of well-rounded disciplined youth. Over the years, the Club has evolved into a monumental fixture in the Tobago community with its long-standing devotion to and significant impact on local young people.

Thousands of youth from villages across Tobago have benefited from the Roxborough Police Youth Club diverse and engaging programs. Today, the Club offers many community programs, including the Night Football Tournament (involves over 25 villages), Young Scholars Homework Centre (boasts 105 graduates) and its newest initiative – the Roxborough Culinary Arts, which has graduated over 100 students from the culinary training programme.

"We are thankful for this special recogntion from the JB Fernandes Award for NGO Excellence in Trinidad & Tobago." As we express our gratitude, we are reminded that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them," said Krystle Bascombe, President of the Roxborough Police Youth Club.

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