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Barbadian is new head of regional youth council

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Barbadian is new head of regional youth council

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Roshanna Trim is the new Chairperson of the Caribbean Regional Youth Council (CYRC).

The 24-year-old Barbadian won the seat unopposed during CRYC’s 6th Caribbean Youth Leaders’ Summit last week.

She delivered an impassioned speech, before a room of enthusiastic youth leaders from countries such as Jamaica, The Bahamas, Grenada, and St Lucia at the Hyatt Regency in Port of Spain,

“Some of you admire the tenacity of our Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley as a beacon of change and integration in the region and the world. I do too. And that is why I share her sentiments at the United Nations General Assembly that when young people engage in battle, the battle is usually won. This is a call for battle and a call to win this war,” Trim said.

In addition she called on regional agencies to do more to support youth councils. She highlighted strategic planning, policy and advocacy, research methods, monitoring and evaluation, diplomacy and negotiation as some of the key areas that needed to be invested in more.

“Many national youth councils, up to two years ago, remained underfunded and resourced. As a result, it is time to see CYRC as a viable option to access resources and one which can create opportunities for youth to acquire technical resources for training and development for all members and for the executive.

“I’m sure all of you would agree that these are the things we definitely need to do, the job we set out to do, done. This will be done by developing relationships with technical organisations to allow us to receive this training and ongoing support,” she said.

The new members of CRYC executive board include Vice Chair of Resource Mobilisation Anya Edwin of St Lucia and Vice Chair for Advocacy and Policy Rushelle Ellis of Antigua and Barbuda.

Neil Gumbs of Anguilla was selected as Vice Chair for Members and Partnership, Kendell Vincent of Trinidad & Tobago was voted in as the board member for Information and Communication, while Jamaican Jerome Palme became board member for Training and Development. (TG)