Na­tional Youth Coun­cil Takeover

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By STAR Re­porter

The Saint Lu­cia Na­tional Youth Coun­cil is fi­nally done with its in­terim as of Satur­day May 27, 2017. A newly elected, mo­ti­vated and hard­work­ing ex­ec­u­tive has been elected and the team looks for­ward to mak­ing a pos­i­tive mark on the is­land. The ex­ec­u­tive is as fol­lows: Jeshrun An­drew - Pres­i­dent, Nyus Al­fred - First Vice Pres­i­dent, Ajani Le­bourne - Sec­ond Vice Pres­i­dent, Rae­jean Montoute - Gen­eral Sec­re­tary, Rac­quel John - As­sis­tant Gen­eral Sec­re­tary, Anya Ed­win - Trea­surer, Chad­die Faucher - Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer. The Na­tional Youth Coun­cil's gen­eral elec­tions were held at the Fi­nan­cial Cen­tre in Pointe Seraphine.

Ac­cord­ing to the ex­ec­u­tive, the cam­paign process pre­ced­ing elec­tions in­cluded heavy so­cial me­dia pres­ence, me­dia in­ter­views, for­ma­tion of teams, re­lease of man­i­festoes and vis­it­ing the var­i­ous District Youth and Sports Coun­cils around the is­land. The in­di­vid­u­als vy­ing for the po­si­tions on the NYC ex­ec­u­tive pre­sented to each district, ex­plain­ing what it was they hoped to achieve if given the op­por­tu­nity to serve. The can­di­dates pre­pared for months be­fore elec­tions, form­ing teams, for the first time in a long time.

Pres­i­dent Jeshrun An­drew noted the plans for NYC in the up­com­ing years: “There are a num­ber of things that we want to work on in­clud­ing con­sti­tu­tion re­form, of­fi­cial im­ple­men­ta­tion of the cur­rent draft of the youth pol­icy, re­vi­tal­iza­tion of dor­mant district coun­cils, in­creas­ing regional and in­ter­na­tional col­lab­o­ra­tion and so much more.”

The Na­tional Youth Coun­cil was not very ac­tive or rec­og­nized in the past few years and the new coun­cil plans to re­brand the or­ga­ni­za­tion. To ac­com­mo­date this, on June 6 a so­cial me­dia cam­paign was ini­ti­ated called “We Are NYC”.

Ac­cord­ing to NYC: “This cam­paign will seek to ed­u­cate the pub­lic, par­tic­u­larly the Saint Lu­cian youth pop­u­la­tion both here and in the di­as­pora, about the Saint Lu­cia Na­tional Youth Coun­cil as an in­sti­tu­tion.”

The cam­paign has been dec­o­rat­ing so­cial me­dia plat­forms with a colour­ful im­age and the var­i­ous is­sues that will be ad­dressed. The aim is to cre­ate an “or­ga­nized voice” within the youth of Saint Lu­cia and to catal­yse ed­u­ca­tion of fac­tors af­fect­ing youth de­vel­op­ment as well as plan ways for im­prove­ments.

A num­ber of com­pe­ti­tions are ex­pected be in mo­tion for this cam­paign to en­cour­age a uni­fied ef­fort and change among our young peo­ple. So far “We Are NYC” has re­ceived much feed­back and the ex­ec­u­tive hopes to keep it mov­ing.

NYC Pres­i­dent Jeshrun An­drew cam­paign­ing one last time be­fore elec­tions.

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