The profile of the leadership of the Barbados Youth Development Council has changed dramatically.
The member organisations of the umbrella body for youth groups across the island met recently and elected a new executive for the next three years. That executive is now made up of members with an average age of age 19 years and is predominantly female.
After an intriguing battle, Cherisse Francis was elected president with 70 per cent of the votes. In her victory remarks she thanked the member organisations for the tremendous confidence reposed in her and pledged to build on the foundation of the outgoing executive by striving for greater representation and inclusiveness. She also made a commitment to strong and committed leadership.
In his farewell remarks, outgoing president Jason Francis encouraged the youth gathered to see the BYDC not just as an organisation, but an institution of leadership. In so doing he encouraged them to leave a legacy of service as well as to hone their leadership skills which would serve them well in all future endeavours.