The fight against crime and violence among youth requires dedicated efforts and innovative programs. AIM HIGH (Amazing, Intelligent & Motivated. Healing Inwardly and Growing Happily) is one such program, spearheaded by the ROOTS Foundation TT and supported by the U.S. Embassy. With a grant of $40,000 USD from the U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Intl Narcotics & Law Enforcement (INL), AIM HIGH aims to guide at-risk youth toward productive and healthy adulthood. During the program’s launch, Ambassador Candace Bond emphasized the U.S. Embassy’s commitment to the well-being and development of the youth in Trinidad and Tobago.
Addressing Crime and Violence:
Recognizing the urgent need to combat crime and violence, AIM HIGH stands as a beacon of hope for at-risk communities and schools. The program offers a comprehensive approach, focusing on young individuals’ personal growth and development. Ambassador Bond reiterated that the U.S. Embassy’s involvement is solely dedicated to supporting initiatives like AIM HIGH, without influencing or developing any other curriculum with the Ministry of Education.
The Power of AIM HIGH:
AIM HIGH’s acronym perfectly encapsulates its mission: to empower youth who are amazing, intelligent, motivated, and capable of healing inwardly and growing happily. The program combines a range of activities, workshops, and mentorship to foster positive change and inspire participants to strive for excellence. By providing guidance and support, AIM HIGH aims to guide young individuals away from negative influences, helping them become healthy, happy, and productive adults.
Partnership with Schools:
AIM HIGH has partnered with four schools to implement the program effectively. These schools include East Mucurapo Secondary, Mucurapo West Secondary, Aranguez North Secondary, and San Juan North Secondary. Through tailored interventions and engaging initiatives, AIM HIGH intends to create a positive school environment, empowering students to reject violence and embrace personal growth.
The Role of the U.S. Embassy:
The U.S. Embassy’s support for AIM HIGH underscores its commitment to the well-being and future of Trinidad and Tobago’s youth. By investing in programs that foster personal development, the embassy seeks to uplift at-risk communities and schools. The $40,000 USD grant from the U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Intl Narcotics & Law Enforcement (INL) further reinforces the importance of empowering youth and building a safer society.
AIM HIGH, an empowering program supported by the U.S. Embassy, is poised to make a significant impact in tackling crime and violence among at-risk youth. With a focus on personal growth, healing, and motivation, AIM HIGH aspires to guide young individuals toward a brighter future. Through the partnership between the ROOTS Foundation TT and participating schools, this program will instill a sense of purpose and resilience, enabling youth to become productive and successful members of society. Remember, together we can pave the way for a safer and more prosperous Trinidad and Tobago.