Castries Central MP, Sarah Flood-Beaubrun, has indicated that the government of Saint Lucia will be intensifying its focus on addressing the myriad challenges confronting youth. She says the government will focus its attention on creating employment opportunities, assisting youth in discovering hidden talents and skills, and helping them in becoming creative, productive, and employable citizens. The administration, she says, is very conscious of the lack of diverse educational opportunities in schools. The MP spoke of the need to improve and increase sporting facilities so that youth can have the best opportunity to develop their sporting talents. She made a promise that in the upcoming budget, plans geared toward employment will be announced. The Castries Central MP said the government is aware of the frustration of the many school leavers who are unable to pursue tertiary education because of limited access to finance. The Allen Chastanet led government she says, knows how urgent it is to address the issues facing youth.