The East Caribbean Financial Holding Company has collaborated with the St. Lucia School of Music on yet another youth development project. The ECFH Young Mentors Scholarship Programme was officially launched with the aim of developing an avenue for the older School of Music students to become mentors for the younger, promising students. This programme provides an opportunity for the more mature students to impart the knowledge and skills acquired.
The ECFH Young Mentors Scholarship Programme is part of ECFH’s three (3) year covenant with the School of Music, and under this initiative, ten (10) music students, identified through a comprehensive candidate selection process, will undergo Mentorship Training. The programme will provide the support necessary to build capacity and expand the community outreach initiatives including the acclaimed Manmay-La Di Wai community based after-school orchestral programme.
Youth development, particularly through the Arts, is an integral component of the ECFH Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility Policy. The Group’s relationship with the School dates back to 1989 when the former National Commercial Bank (now Bank of Saint Lucia, an ECFH subsidiary) provided a $50,000.00 grant to facilitate the School’s official opening.
This partnership has benefitted a number of musically talented youth from all walks of life across the island, and the Group is especially proud of its association with the Young Mentors program as it entails a rotating development aspect which ensures long-term sustainability of the School’s programmes.