The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Eastern and Southern Caribbean (ESC) Regional Mission is pleased to announce the launch of the USAID/ESC Youth Council. The Youth Council is a 15-member group of young people ages 18-29 who will collaborate with USAID and local partners by sharing their experiences on some of the most pressing issues affecting young people. The Youth Council will also participate in USAID-wide events and benefit from capacity-building initiatives so they can become better leaders for their communities and stronger advocates for youth issues with governments. and key stakeholders in the region.
2022 Youth Council Members
Antigua and Barbuda — Ms. Britney McDonald
The Bahamas — Mr. Tyrecho Bonaby
Barbados — Ms Rolien Nedd
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Barbados — Ms. Jade Lindsay
Grenade — Mrs. Bevon Charles
Guyana — Mr. David Henry
St. LUCIA — Mr. Yakub Nestor
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines — Mrs. Deona Nero
Saint Kitts and Nevis — Ms. Ticoya Gilbert
Suriname — Ms. Sanisha Autar
Trinidad and Tobago — Mr. Makesi Francis
USAID/ESC Regional Representative Clinton White, commenting on the launch of the Youth Council, said, “We are thrilled with the remarkable work young people in the region are doing to change their communities and countries. The creation of this Youth Council is an important part of our work in the Caribbean region. You cannot make decisions that involve young people without their voices and ideas. The Youth Council allows USAID/ESC to engage youth as well as help them develop stronger leadership and advocacy skills. Additionally, Youth Council members will also participate in USAID-wide events. We believe this partnership will have a long and lasting impact on the Caribbean and help build the bridge that the next generation can cross.
Members of the Youth Council will serve for a period of one year. The group is made up of underrepresented individuals from local communities and civil society, including women, non-majority and indigenous communities, and other voices with less access to decision-makers. Youth Council representatives come from Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. There will also be representatives from the Caribbean Youth Environment Network, CARICOM Youth Ambassador Corps, youth detention centers and other regional youth organizations.