MARIGOT: Sofia Carti-Codrington, 3rd vice-president in charge of Local Life, presided over a ceremony to present end-of-contract certificates to young people in civic service, within the Collectivité de Saint-Martin, last Thursday, December 30. The prefect, Serge Gouteyron, was represented by Hélène Debruge, head of the legality and regulation department within the prefecture.
As the 3rd vice president recalled, the implementation of civic service in Saint-Martin began after the passage of Hurricane Irma, in 2018, with the opening of the Maisons de Services au Public (MSAP). Assigned to the MSAPs in Quartier d’Orléans and Sandy Ground, the young people in civic service are responsible for welcoming users and guiding them through their administrative procedures. They are placed under the direct authority of the MSAP managers.
The 4th session of civic service welcomed this year 8 young women, in position for 8 months in the two MSAPs, over a period from May 3 to December 31, 2021.
MSAP of Sandy Ground:
– BELLOT Emilia
– HAMLET Jennifer
– LAKE Andrice
– MUSSINGTON Anika
MSAP of Quartier d’Orléans:
– JOE Teneesha
– LOUISY Tatjyra
– RICHARDS Franjelyk
– LOUSY Tatjyra
Each of the 8 young women received a certificate validating the 8-month contract and a gift from the Collectivité. All of them were delighted with the professional experience they acquired in the MSAPs and some of them are heading for an administrative career.
For the vice-president Sofia Carti-Codrington, “it is an enriching experience that favors contact with users and allows intergenerational exchanges through the assistance that is offered”. Mrs. Debruge underlined the important work of proximity of the young people in civic service, themselves coming from the districts where the MSAPs are installed.
Towards a permanent installation of the MSAPs
Temporarily installed in prefabricated premises, in front of the stadium in Quartier d’Orléans and in front of the schools in Sandy Ground, the MSAPs are intended to be made permanent in time and installed in better-adapted premises. The Collectivity is currently working on the relocation of the two MSAPs.
From March 2022, the MSAP in Quartier d’Orléans will be relocated to a permanent building rented from Semsamar. The MSAP in Sandy Ground will be installed in the reconstruction project of the MJC space, currently being defined. A call for tenders will be launched in 2022 for the complete rehabilitation of this public space, which will eventually become a cultural recreation center, with a space dedicated to administrative services.
Civic service positions are financed by the Collectivité de Saint-Martin and the State. The scheme is renewed every year, with 10 people being recruited every 8 months. Following the recruitment campaign carried out last October, the new civic services will take up their duties in the MSAPs from 3 January 2022, for 8 months.