USAID/ESC Launches Youth Council | Trinidad and Tobago Loop

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Eastern and Southern Caribbean (ESC) Regional Mission announced the launch of the USAID/ESC Youth Council.

In a statement, the U.S. Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago said the Youth Council is a 15-member group of young people between the ages of 18 and 29 who will work with USAID and local partners in sharing their experiences on some of the most pressing issues. that affect 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.

USAID/ESC Regional Representative Clinton White, commenting on the launch of the Youth Council, said:

“We are excited about the exceptional work young people across 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 in the absence of their voices and ideas. The Youth Council allows USAID/ESC to engage young people as well as help them develop leadership skills. stronger leadership and advocacy In addition, the Youth Council 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.”

The US Embassy said the Youth Council members 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.

2022 Youth Council Members

Antigua and Barbuda – Britney McDonald

The Bahamas – Tyrecho Bonaby

Barbados – Rolien Nedd

Barbados – Jade Lindsay

Grenada – Bevon Charles

David Henry – David Henry

Saint Lucia – Yakub Nestor

Sr. Vincent and the Grenadines – Deona Nero

Saint Kitts and Nevis – Ticoya Gilbert

Suriname – Sanisha Autar

Trinidad and Tobago – Makesi Francis