Roadtown, Tortola - The Department of Youth Affairs and Sports (DYAS) has launched a talent search for young persons between the ages 15 and25 for an upcoming television talk show.
The show is in keeping with one of the department’s objectives to cultivate an environment through programme development where young Virgin Islands residents are equipped and empowered to be healthy and active contributing members of society.
Speaking at the talent search launch on Monday, Minister for Education and Culture, Hon. Andrew Fahie, said most people in the Territory view talk shows as regular programming, but promised that this one would be different.
“To most people it may seem that a television talk show and talk shows on a whole are becoming the norm; a forum where people can air their grievances in a public discussion with few positive outcomes from the discussion,” he said.
Promising a television talk show with a difference, the Minister said “it will come from the perspective of the Territory’s youth and as this television talk show is presented by Government, it will be a show where I am sure that many of the Government Ministers and members of the House of Assembly will come to sit with the Territory’s youth to hear their concerns face to face”.
Stressing the differences, he continued, “It will also differ from other talk shows whereby, this show will not focus on the negative things plaguing our youth, but will serve as a show to encourage positive discourse and as a launching platform for Virgin Islands talent”.
Acting Director of the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports, Mr. Patrick Harrigan hailed the initiative as imperative to the wholesome development of the Territory’s youth.
“As we see more of our young people being lured into dysfunctional behaviour that puts them at variance with the law and norms of the society, one way in which youths are so adversely affected is via the media that is television, radio, the internet, mobile phones, magazines etc”, he said.
“The introduction of this talk show initiative provides for a positive measure to counteract the negative messages portrayed by the media today,” Mr. Harrigan added.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry for Education and Culture, Mrs. Sheila Brathwaite, also speaking at the launch, urged young persons from each community to be represented at the talent search and in the final cast.
Giving specifics of the talent search Mrs. Persia Tobin–Evelyn, Deputy Director of the Department of Youth Affair and Sports, explained that interested persons can collect application forms from the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports at the Ward’s Building on Wickham’s Cay I. She also listed that the department is searching for two hosts, a cast, and a crew to include a make-up artist and wardrobe stylist. Application forms will be available until April 9.
The show will appear as a regular listing on the local access channel beginning in August. The show’s name, logo and colour scheme will be determined by the selected cast and crew. The department hopes to align the television show with an upcoming apprenticeship programme.
The television show aims to present programmes which highlight issues affecting young people such as self-esteem, youth violence, economics, relationships, teenage pregnancy, work, intimacy, sports, and commitment to goals. It will also present issues to young people that will help them develop their awareness and management of emotions, help them in setting and realising their personal goals and provide models for decision making and responsible behaviour.