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St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): A young entrepreneur in the federation says that the current violent crime epidemic is the fault of the people of St. Kitts and Nevis.

Mr. Ervin Welsh of Positively Inclined claims that citizens do not truly want change, as their actions do not reflect an understanding of what is causing the crime spree on the island.

Mr. Welsh says that people who say youth become criminals because they have no desire to work are misinformed.

He says, “We speak about youth not wanting work as though we are personally availing opportunities. We act like youth walk out of the classroom, with the fullest potential, to a barrage of employers hounding for hire, when nothing is further from reality. We promote entrepreneurship and “skills training” as though it guarantees success to those who receive it, when there are people wasting away with skills already and more are in the pipeline, even from the mainstream.”

Mr. Welsh argues that because of the few prospects for young people in the society, youth have little choice than to turn to a life of crime.

 

Welsh’s Positively Inclined is a platform that focuses on social issues and activism within the Federation.

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+1 #1 Jeffrey L Donovan 2017-05-11 20:40
Mr. Welsh has made some sobering points with validity and part of the problem in my opinion is the heavy dependence on tourism which is seasonal. The Federation is in dire need of diversification . No matter how many visitors come to the Federation it is not enough to sustain employment of a society that has a melting pot of talents. However, I have personally experience some No Shows on more than one occasion from youths who claimed that they are mason and called me out right there in Independence Square for trying to offer the job to a person of another hue, but once I relented and gave them the opportunity to do the job, they did not show up even though I offered more money and less hours per day; the same deal I was offering the other person. This in no way is an indictment of all the youths because clearly many of them are exploring every opportunity they have at their disposal, and some have even resorted to doing job not in their field until they can acquire something in their profession.
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