Two young Barbadian professionals have been chosen as this country’s CARICOM Youth Ambassadors for the period 2018-2020.
Chad Monerville and Tirshatha Jeffrey were introduced to the media during a briefing at the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Community Empowerment’s offices at Sky Mall, Haggatt Hall.
During the briefing, Minister of Youth Affairs and Community Empowerment Adrian Forde outlined some of the duties the Youth Ambassadors were expected to assume once they took up their positions.
“The CARICOM Youth Ambassadors programme is aimed at developing a cadre of young leaders, who will educate youth about regional issues and empower them, advocate for the rights of young people, to integrate perspectives and encourage youth participation in the Caribbean’s economic development.” He added the number and calibre of the young men and women who applied for the post were impressive.
“We had a record high of 37 applicants, and I was impressed with the skills, knowledge and commitment they displayed.”
Among some of the issues the ambassadors are expected to address are climate change, lifestyle diseases, culture, inter-regional travel and education.
In his address, one of the newly appointed Ambassadors, Chad Monerville, noted that, “our peers within CARICOM face the same challenges and pressures that we do here in Barbados, and I intend to use the various platforms afforded me to engage all social groupings and create a common and safe space, to generate positive synergies that can initiate change.”
He added that he and his partner, Tirshatha Jeffrey, hoped that by the end of their tenure, “CARICOM will be seen as a lived experience that provides young people with numerous opportunities across the region, and dispel the negative connotations associated with it.”
Minister Forde also named two alternate ambassadors, Ade O’Neal and Nia Brathwaite, and said the other candidates who applied for the post will assist Chad and Tirshatha as they go about their duties.