Regional Interpretation Workshop completed

The revised National Youth Policy was launched in September 2020.

Following that the NYDA embarked on regional interpretation workshops to create awareness on the policy at the subnational levels.

The aim of the workshop was to create awareness on the new policy direction, mobilise youth stakeholders at the subnational levels to form an alliance for action, align programs accordingly with the policy direction.

The Highlands and Southern Regional interpretation workshops were held last year, with recommendations from stakeholders collated.

Youth killed during drinking spree: Police

Manus Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, gave a strong warning after a youth was arrested and charged for allegedly killing his peer.

The 18-year-old from Baluan Island, Balopa LLG, was charged with the killing of Anley Musio.

Yapu said the incident occurred in the early hours of Friday November 6th at ward 7, Lorengu town, during a drinking session.

Police reported that an argument over alcohol started between the suspect and deceased.

Madang youth surrender drugs, homebrew equipment

The young men, from the wards of Ainong and Simbai, were supported by their mothers and elders as they began their first step towards a fresh start.  

The police officer who received the illegal items, Wilford Salai, encouraged the youth to give their lives to God.

He said the young people in Simbai exchange marijuana with their peers from Ramu River for guns, electronic gadgets or money.

Simbai LLG President, Johnson Gingeb, stated that this marks a new era as they work towards eradicating drugs and homebrew, or steam, which is destroying the younger generation.

Youth council establishment in Tari-Pori

Youths from the five LLGs, including Tari Urban, Hayapuga, Tagali, Tebia and Pori of Tari-Pori district have mobilised themselves and went through the registration process after the opening ceremony early this week.

The team from NYDA brought along the finalised youth council establishment guide book or toolkit that was revised recently by the NYDA team under the operations division.

It gives a clear picture of how the youth councils should be formed and the way forward once the youth council executives are appointed under the NYDA Act 2014.

Doors open for youth

But two innovative youth programs supported by Australia are helping at-risk and disadvantaged youth gain the valuable skills needed to find employment. 

Derek Julius Story

Twenty-five-year-old Derrick Julius is one of many young people who have benefited from the two youth programs supported by Australia; Ginigoada and City Mission.

Through Ginigoada, Derrick was able to complete his on-job training in electrical skills and is working towards achieving a level 1 certificate.

Empowering youth

YIP conducted a three-day Media Smart Youth (MSY) Workshop with students from secondary schools in Port Moresby and Central Province at the Dream Hub of The Voice Inc. in Port Moresby.

YIP Coordinator, Dagia Aka, said having Media Smart Youth was very important in that young people can start using the various forms of the media available to them as tools for advocating against corruption and for a better future, and ensure that their voices are heard.

Youth asks court for mercy

Yesterday he apologised in court and to the victim of his crime, which was committed at the Two-Mile hill bus stop.

The Koki to Two-Mile route is one where many women and mothers have fallen victim to armed hold ups while commuting on PMVs.

Yesterday, Toho Peter, a youth who lived at the Two-Mile settlement, appeared at the Waigani National Court where he admitted to robbing a policewoman who was in a bus on 7 April last year.

His guilty plea was accepted by the court.

Leave matters to me, MP tells residents

“I will deal with the situation in finding out the cause behind the deaths of the four youth, and also to acknowledge those who were killed,” he stated.

Four youth were allegedly killed by police during the Madang unrest, which started with an April 7 confrontation at Four-Mile market.

Youth Job Corp site visits this week

Their visit was specifically to see the city's infrastructures done by trainees under the Youth Job Corp (YJC). 

The Team from DPM comprised of senior monitoring officers including Senior Public Works Engineer of the project, site supervisors, contractors of the various sites in suburbs and project staff.

The visit started off at North Waigani, then to Gerehu and Bomana and other parts of the city where the youth teams are located.

Programme aims to help youths make a positive decision

The integrated mixed martial arts club in Port Moresby has taken the initiative to address this population.

“Why not? Nobody else is doing it…” said Jamie Pang when asked by Loop PNG why he chose to.

Pang is working together with Lawrence Tau from the National Youth Development (NYDA) to impact youth for a positive change.

The first under this program was a visit to the Bomana prison last week, to talk to juvenile inmates about drugs, alcohol, homebrew, sexual violence and cult activities.