HELP is a two-year skills training program for young women 13 - 18 years old. Courses includes: Hospitality, Sewing, Cosmetology and Office assistant Programs. The programme follows school schedule set out by the Ministry of Education. The programme was established in 1992 and offers all students instruction in academics (Math, English and Social Studies), life skills (health and hygiene, self-esteem, and work-readiness), computer skills and physical education. Girls can choose to study for the Primary School Examination or enroll in one of these three vocational streams:

  • Cosmetology

  • Sewing

  • Hospitality


Students in the vocational programs receive both theory and practical instruction, on-the-job training and small business training.  To qualify for the program you need to:

1.  Be between the ages of 13 and 18 years old

2.  Be motivated and have a positive attitude towards others

3.  Have basic reading and writing skills



H.E.L.P. Staff

Principal – Alicia Bennett

Cosmetology Teacher – Alvree Rhys

Remedial Teacher – Jose Mai 

Hospitality Teacher – Daneen Myvett

Sewing Teacher – Bertha Monjarass

Life Skills Teacher/Counselor –



The Small business program is a supplemental club for the young women in HELP at the YWCA. They use the practical skills they learn at the YWCA to create a sustainable and profitable business that they can maintain once they graduate. The girls learn self-confidence, business skills and how to be independent.