GARD Center – CAREER DAY !!!

The Center is offering an Excellent opportunity for youth (17 – 35 years) to find the right CAREER.  An opportunity to meet employers and entrepreneurs, to learn more about organisations and businesses and a career you may be interested in pursuing.

Are you tired of being UNEMPLOYED?  Then here is an opportunity for you.

GARD Center is offering UPCOMING COURSES in:

Automotive Repair

Business Enterprise

Customer Service in the 21st Century

Glass Jewelry Making

See you on Friday, 26th January 2018, upstairs the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda on Long Street, St. John’s.

We will be there from 9:00am – 2:00pm.

Phone us at 463.4121 or 562.0084, for further information.

Registration is ongoing for courses mentioned.



GARD Center NEW Courses for 2018 !!!

GARD Center announces its Upcoming Training Courses for Unemployed Youth in Antigua and Barbuda.
Please help us to get the word out:
The GARD Center is offering FREE (Sponsored) courses to Youth who qualify and are between the ages of 16 – 35 years, in Automotive Repair; Customer Service; Business Enterprise; and a Craft – Glass Jewelry Design.
These 12-16 week courses begin in February 2018.  Register now at 463-4121 or 562-0084.  There is a non-refundable Registration fee of EC$50.00.”
Thank you for your continued support as we continue to educate and empower the nation’s Youth.

GARD Center – ICT Professional Day

The 2nd ICT training course began in September 2017, and will continue until January 2018, with a two-week break for Christmas 2017.  Eighteen youth between the ages of 16 and 35 are currently enrolled in this course.

On Monday, 27 November, the ICT course visited the Government Printery on a Familiarisation tour, to learn hands-on about the various types of equipment in use.

On Tuesday, 28th November, the current ICT students celebrated a Professional Dress Day, and took time out of their training sessions for this photo shoot.EU-GARD Center ICT professional day-28Nov2017

EU – GARD Center Meeting

The Gilbert Agricultural and Rural Development Center continues to engage its partners as the Center met to EU-GARD Center CDD Re-entry Meeting-23Nov2017discuss the re-entry of inmates and community involvement in its “Improving Opportunities for At-risk, Probationary and Incarcerated Youth in Antigua and Barbuda” programme, sponsored by the EU.

A meeting was held on Thursday, 23 November 2017, with the Director of Community Development Division and members of her staff; LEAD Consortium Consultant; Legal Aid and Advice Centre; and GARD Center.

GARD Center celebrates 28 years during Global Entrepreneurship Week

GARD Center staff celebrate 28 yearsAn amazing 28 years have past for a non-profit NGO, The Gilbert Agricultural and Rural Development Center, which operates under the auspices of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas. Amazing, because many NGOs do not have this survival rate, mainly due to lack of financial support, which has become ever more difficult over the years with increasing demands from more impoverished nations with greater needs.

However, the GARD Center has managed to hold its own through what the Executive Director, Mrs. Roberta Williams calls, the Hands of God, which have led this organization along with an extremely passionate and dedicated staff, and volunteers who believe that at-risk youth in this Nation require another chance to become productive citizens. This is being carried out through technical skills training, entrepreneurship, counseling, life skills and other holistic training to make a well rounded young adult.

During the week of November 13-19 which is Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), GARD Center will take this time to celebrate its anniversary and to commemorate and recognize some of the persons who have graduated from the Center’s training programs and who have become successful entrepreneurs establishing a variety of small businesses in farming, agro-processing, ICT, clothing and design, handicraft and others.

Over 160 countries around the world will be carrying out activities to mark the occasion of GEW 2017.

Small business development can open doors for many young persons to create sustainable livelihoods for themselves, as well as generate employment for others.  In Antigua and Barbuda there is a youth unemployment rate of 35% (Min of Labour Survey 2016).

The GARD Center’s activities include: appearances on the Observer Marketplace show, ABS Good Morning Antigua & Barbuda show, a pictorial display of some of GARD Center’s entrepreneurs at ACB, St. Mary’s Street Branch, as well as Presentations at 4 schools on the topic of Entrepreneurship throughout the month.

The Board and staff of the GARD Center wish to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the trainers who continue to share their skills and knowledge with our trainees, the employers who provide the needed experience through internships and in many cases permanent employment for young GARD Center graduates.

Also to the volunteers, collaborative and donor partners who make it possible for the Center to continue its pace setting and impacting programs that positively change the lives of young at-risk men and women who otherwise could have selected negative and destructive activities out of frustration and despair. It is what the GARD Center is all about “Strengthen the weak hands and make firm the feeble knees.” Isaiah 35:3.

Giving Tuesday, 28 November 2017


The Gilbert Agricultural and Rural Development Center (GARD Center) welcomes donations at anytime during the year.

On November 28, 2017, United Methodists will once again come together to support the work of Advance missionaries and projects on UMC #GivingTuesday.

However, ‘GIVING TUESDAY‘  is not only about collecting money. It is about awareness of the opportunity and need for organisations which work with individuals, families, and communities to unite in mission in this season.

This year in particular, the GARD Center is obligated to reach out to the youth of our sister territories, Barbuda and Dominica, to assist those who have been displaced after their countries were ravaged by two (2) category 5 hurricanes, Irma and Maria in September 2017.

The Center is therefore making a special appeal for donations to potential GIVING TUESDAY partners and supporters.

Thank you for your passion and support, as we live out God’s mission together.


The Gilbert Agricultural and Rural Development Center (GARD Center) held its 2017 Graduation Ceremony on Tuesday, 3 October 2017, at the Ebenezer Methodist Church Hall, St. Mary’s Street.

This Ceremony was to celebrate the European Union sponsored training programme, under the name, “Improving Opportunities for At-Risk, Probationary and Incarcerated Youth in Antigua and Barbuda” (YAR).

The ages of the youth trained range from 16 – 35 years.  Fifty six (56) students graduated from this programme.  Eight from Agricultural Enterprise; fifteen from Information Communication Technology and thirty-three from Office Administration.

Fifty-three (53)% of these young people have been awarded Internships and fifteen (15) have gained Joyce and Sherma at Graduation-3October2017employment.  The GARD Center wishes to sincerely thank all of our Business Partners who assisted us with Internships and Job Placement during Cohort 1, and we look forward to your continued support.

Special thanks to everyone who participated in our Graduation Ceremony and contributed to its success.

European Union (EU) sponsored – ICT Course

Want to advance your knowledge in ICT?  The GARD Center caters to your needs.

Take our course in Information Communication Technology (ICT) and cover:Female computer tech

  • Parts of a computer
  • Microsoft Office
  • Basic Web design
  • Basic computer repair
  • Manipulating & maneuvering the web
  • Life Skills
  • Remedial Math
  • Remedial English

This course caters to youth between the ages of 17 – 35 years and runs for fourteen (14) weeks at the GARD Center in Mercers Creek, east of Pares Village.

These exciting sessions will run from 12 September – 15 December 2017, Tuesdays through Fridays from 9:00am to 3:30pm.

There is a non-refundable registration fee of $50.


Call 463-4121 / 562-0084

Apply Now and get a jump-start on your career goals.

Giving Tuesday, 29 November 2016

The Gilbert Agricultural and Rural Development Center (GARD Center) welcomes donations at anytime during the year.  Let us all Prepare to give a Special contribution to the Center this November, 2017.

However, ‘GIVING TUESDAY‘  is not only about collecting money. It is about awareness of the opportunity and need for organisations which work with individuals, families, and communities to unite in mission in this season.

Giving Tuesday is a response, started in 2012, to the commercialism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, a time to rally families and communities to assist worthy causes that meet human needs around the world. For United Methodists, it has become a time of designated mission giving through The Advance for Christ and His Church, which assures that every dollar goes to the ministries indicated by the donor.

Over the past three years, the General Board of Global Ministries and the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) have matched designated Giving Tuesday gifts up to set levels.

The motivation for mission giving is mission itself.

We at the GARD Center wish to sincerely thank all of you who have contributed to the work carried out by the Center for the last 27 years.  We feel truly blessed to be able to serve our clientele throughout these years and as we celebrate under the theme:  27 Years: Positively Changing the Face of Youth At Risk, we ask that everyone continues to support the Center and encourage you to invite others to share in our success by reaching these Youth, who for whatever reason, may have fallen through the cracks.

GARD Center, empowering and giving our vulnerable youth a 2nd chance to strive for excellence for the betterment of Antigua and Barbuda.