Youth Lead­ers Named

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Three Caribbean na­tion­als are among the 17 youth lead­ers named as fi­nal­ists for the pres­ti­gious 2016 Com­mon­wealth Youth Awards for Ex­cel­lence in De­vel­op­ment Work. They are Asha Far­rell of Bar­ba­dos, Shamoy Ha­jare from Ja­maica and Tevin Shep­herd of Saint Lu­cia.

Asha is an as­sis­tant co­or­di­na­tor with A Ga­nar Bar­ba­dos Sport for De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme which trains young peo­ple, par­tic­u­larly ju­ve­nile of­fend­ers, to de­velop life skills, such as team­work and com­mu­ni­ca­tion, through sport.

Shamoy is the founder of the Ja­maica School for So­cial En­trepreneur­ship, an NGO that pro­motes the de­vel­op­ment of so­cial en­ter­prises by young peo­ple. She is also co-founder of the Youth En­trepreneur­ship Pro­ject.

Tevin is the co-founder of Pro­ject Can, a youth group that en­gages young peo­ple in education, en­trepreneur­ship and lead­er­ship. He also served as vice-pres­i­dent of the Saint Lu­cia Na­tional Youth Coun­cil.

The awards rec­og­nize out­stand­ing peo­ple un­der the age of 30 from Com­mon­wealth coun­tries whose work has sig­nif­i­cantly con­trib­uted to lo­cal, na­tional, re­gional and global de­vel­op­ment. Over 300 nom­i­na­tions were re­ceived this year.

Kather­ine El­lis, Di­rec­tor of Youth at the Com­mon­wealth Sec­re­tar­iat, said: “Th­ese fi­nal­ists are deeply in­spir­ing young peo­ple who de­serve to be cel­e­brated. The in­cred­i­ble work that they do, and the im­pact they make, un­der­scores the im­por­tant role that young peo­ple play in driv­ing de­vel­op­ment and democ­racy.”

The judg­ing panel for the awards in­cludes rep­re­sen­ta­tives of High Com­mis­sions, Com­mon­wealth or­gan­i­sa­tions and young lead­ers. Four re­gional win­ners will be an­nounced in Lon­don dur­ing Com­mon­wealth Week (14-18 March) when the Com­mon­wealth Young Per­son of the Year will also be re­vealed.

In ad­di­tion to a cash prize, the four re­gional win­ners will re­ceive a trip to Lon­don to meet Com­mon­wealth lead­ers. All fi­nal­ists will re­ceive a cash prize and tro­phy.

Com­mon­wealth Week is cel­e­brated by gov­ern­ments, young peo­ple and schools, com­mu­ni­ties and civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions ev­ery year in March. The oc­ca­sion is marked across the Com­mon­wealth with a range of ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing a multi-faith ser­vice at West­min­ster Abbey in Lon­don on Com­mon­wealth Day which this year is 14 March.

Tevin Shep­herd, co-founder of Pro­jec­tCan.

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