St. Lu­cian re­ceives Com­mon­wealth Point of Light Award

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Her Majesty Queen El­iz­a­beth II has recog­nised Chelsea Fos­ter, rep­re­sent­ing Saint Lu­cia, as the 73rd Com­mon­wealth Point of Light in hon­our of her ex­cep­tional vol­un­tary ser­vice lead­ing men­tor­ing pro­grammes for dis­ad­van­taged girls.

Chelsea Fos­ter is the founder of ‘Girls of A Feather’, a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion that aims to em­power young women and girls. Since launch­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion in 2013 when she was just 17 years old, she has en­cour­aged girls aged 10-18 to dis­cuss the is­sues that af­fect them most, in­clud­ing gen­der-based vi­o­lence, eco­nomic em­pow­er­ment, and re­pro­duc­tive health. Dur­ing their nine-month place­ments on her flag­ship “Girls with Goals” men­tor­ing pro­gramme, the girls are paired with trained men­tors who aim to boost their self-es­teem. The Govern­ment of Saint Lu­cia re­cently named Chelsea “Youth of the Year” for her work sup­port­ing dis­ad­van­taged girls.

Com­mon­wealth Points of Light awards cel­e­brate in­spi­ra­tional acts of vol­un­teer­ing across the Com­mon­wealth. Each per­son recog­nised re­ceives a per­son­alised cer­tifi­cate signed by Her Majesty The Queen as Head of the Com­mon­wealth.

Said Chelsea: “I would like to thank Her Majesty The Queen and the Bri­tish High Com­mis­sion for recog­nis­ing the work and im­pact that ‘Girls of A Feather’ has had on young women and girls in Saint Lu­cia through our vol­un­tary men­tor­ship pro­grammes. It is truly an hon­our to be re­ceiv­ing the Points of Light award on the group’s be­half and for my coun­try. The re­ceipt of this award is a ma­jor in­cen­tive and in­spi­ra­tion to con­tinue cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for vol­un­teers which al­low them to be­come bet­ter ad­vo­cates on gen­der is­sues while help­ing to shape the lives of marginalised youth in their com­mu­ni­ties.”

Chelsea Fos­ter founded Girls of a Feather to em­power young women and girls.

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