National Youth Council President Kerdisha St. Louis, along with Caricom Youth Ambassador and National Youth Council Project Officer Annel Lewis, represented Dominica at the 6and Caribbean Young Leaders Summit.
Nearly 200 young leaders, development partners and other stakeholders gathered at the Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago from January 21st-23rd discuss and strategize on how best to address relevant issues such as youth employment, decent work and entrepreneurship, and advocacy.
The theme of the summit was “Promoting Youth Economic Empowerment – Creating Synergies for Sustainable Caribbean Development” and was held under the auspices of the Caribbean Regional Youth Council (CRYC).
The CRYC is an umbrella body representing various national youth councils in the Caribbean.
The summit is one of the main youth leadership events in the region and brought together representatives of national youth councils from more than ten Caribbean countries, delegates from other youth organizations and heads of youth organizations. regional and international development.
These participants came from National Youth Councils (NYCs), the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC), youth organizations and other key youth development partners and stakeholders; including the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB); Commonwealth Secretariat; International Labor Organization (ILO); United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC); and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat.
National Youth Council President Kerdisha St. Louis said, “I feel so privileged to have the opportunity to attend this event…it was a very intense three days and they touched on many relevant topics…this What struck me the most is that the young people of the region need more support, especially those we consider to be the most vulnerable. Caribbean youth need more opportunities for employment, innovation and education. We are a bit more privileged in Dominica as we have a fully functional National Youth Council and the Executive and Secretariat are eager to provide support to the youth of our country and advocate on their behalf.
Elections were also held for the Executive Council of the Caribbean Regional Youth Council for 2020-22.