CYA to inspire youth to action

GIS:-A capacity building workshop was recently convened to address issues affecting the region.

Dean of the CARICOM Youth Ambassador Corps, Charde Desir, has indicated the importance of utilizing the skills and talents of the region’s youth.

Speaking at the CARICOM Youth Ambassadors Orientation and Capacity Building Workshop, Mr. Desir said there are many issues apparent throughout the region where the CYA Corps believes that its input and presence is warranted.

“As the CYA Corps, we want to address issues of crime and security, reducing unemployment, culture and creative industries as a means for economic growth, human resource development, and environmental sustainability through the use of clean energy. In order to tackle these burdensome and troublesome areas, we need to be able to inspire the region’s young people to action. We need to be able to mobilize support on the ground in our countries. We need to be able to lead the charge. And that is what this workshop enables us to do. I hope this training workshop is a regular occurrence on CARICOM’s development agenda because society needs to stop the misconception that youth are the leaders of tomorrow. We are the leaders of today.”

Mr. Desir added that the role of the CYA must be recognized in order to bring about the effective result of reaching and interacting with the youth of the region.

“I would like to call on the Heads of Government of CARICOM to honour the commitment it made to the CARICOM Youth Ambassadors Program. Most of us operate in isolation of our governments without a proper workspace and without proper support to allow us to be truly effective. We are talented people with useful skills and we are leaders in our own right. We should be more than ornaments on a mantle.”

The CYA Orientation and Capacity Building Workshop was held at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, and concludes on June 8.

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