WINNING smiles: Members of the Roxborough Police Youth Club. The club has won the Express Youth Group Award 2012. —Photo courtesy the Roxborough Police Youth Club

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Club humbled by recognition

By Verdel Bishop

Roxborough Police Youth Club (RPYC) is the Express Youth Group winner 2012.

Acting Superintendent of Police and founder of the RPYC, Collis Hazel expressed his gratitude, following news that the RPYC, which for over two decades has impacted on the lives of its young members and by extension the community, had received the esteemed award. 

"We are humbled and grateful for this award. It is a good feeling to know that the leading daily newspapers has recognised the contributions of the RPYC; we are elated," he said.

In keeping with the criteria for this award they are the "youth group/organisation which has made the most significant contribution in 2012 to national or community life".

The recognition, Hazel said, is a platform for the RPYC to focus on greater things as the community group approaches its 25th anniversary. 

"This is a milestone for us. Despite the challenges we face from time to time this forms the impetus for us to continue working hard moving into our 25th anniversary," Hazel said. 

Hazel emphasised that the Club is devoted to making a difference among young people. "We will continue to work with young people throughout communities both locally and internationally, Hazel said.

RPYC was started 22 years ago to foster the growth and empowerment of well-rounded disciplined youths. At present the RPYC has 135 members.

RPYC has contributed significantly to the development of the citizens of Tobago with its most recent projects being the launching of an elderly home at the Roxborough Multipurpose Youth Centre.

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