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La Boutique Jennais

posted Aug 29, 2012, 1:45 PM by Rise St. Lucia
The Dress to Impress boutique, “La Boutique Jennais”, is scheduled to open on Monday 11th July 2011.  In the initial phase of the project, the boutique, housed in the RISE office in Gablewoods Mall, will offer Caribbean Youth Empowerment Program (CYEP) trainees with access to proper work attire.
The Consortium of implementing agencies for the Caribbean Youth Empowerment Project (CYEP), the National Skills Development Centre (NSDC), Rise (St. Lucia) Inc., and the Centre for Adolescent Education and Renewal (C.A.R.E) have worked tirelessly to gather clothing donations and turn what was once a drab storage room in the RISE office into an attractive boutique.  Thank you to everyone who donated items and time in support of this effort! 

The Caribbean Youth Empowerment Project is a youth employability initiative funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the International Youth Foundation (IYF). The project features life and technical vocational skills training and job placement for 252 young St. Lucians between the ages of 17-25 yrs, who are under-educated, unemployed or under-employed, involved in gang activity or other anti-social behaviors and who are poor.    

At the completion of life skills and technical skills training, successful trainees will be placed in job attachments/internships for a one-month period, and at least 40% of these trainees will be placed in a permanent position. Since trainees come from households whose family income classifies them as poor or living in poverty, many are not able to afford proper clothes to wear at the worksite. The Dress to Impress initiative will provide trainees access to professional clothing, which will contribute to increasing trainees confidence during the interview process and on the job.

Dress to Impress is an ongoing project and RISE will continue to accept donations of new and gently used clothing for the Boutique as well as volunteers to keep the boutique staffed.