Lena Taupier grew up in St. Lucia, where she developed a keen interest in the arts from an early age. She was often involved in music, drama, singing, and visual arts, instilling in her a passion for the arts that led her to explore as many different media as she could. In 2008, she began exploring the art of photography, and won second prize in an Amateur Photography Contest launched by the National Conservation Authority in St. Lucia. In 2009 after obtaining a Grade 1 in the CXC Visual Arts Exam, she continued experimenting with new forms of art. She soon developed a strong interest in graphic design and digital painting, and in 2010, won 1st prize in a logo design contest launched as part of a Public Energy Awareness Campaign by the Ministry of Physical Development and the Environment. In 2011, Lena began exploring the art of video editing and directing, leading to the creation of her first video, “End Violence Against Women”, her entry for the UNDP Barbados & the OECS and Youth-IN Video-mix contest.
She recently graduated from the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, and is currently a teacher at the St. Lucia School of Music. In the near future, she plans to continue exploring Digital Arts & Media, and would like to pursue studies in Computer Science in the hopes of building new bridges between technology and the arts.
Country of Residence- Grenada Current Occupation/Education- Unemployed, Caribbean Commonwealth Regional Youth Caucus Chair, Bachelors in Life Sciences and Masters of Public Health -- Specialization in Health Behavior and Policy Goals for Youth Development in Caribbean -
• As the world addresses the challenges as a result of globalization, infectious and chronic diseases, crime and violence, and social and economic instability, the commitment to collaborate and provide the framework for governments in the region to enact laws for the good of all particularly young people is paramount to me. My goal is to ensure that young people are at the center of development.
• To advocate and ensure that Governments enact laws and policies to accommodate and protect young people in our Region. • Healthy Youth!! To establish national and regional support for young people in the areas of health. This platform will assist in the prevention of Non- Communicable Diseases and HIV and AIDS. It is observed that there are few mechanisms in place to promote positive health and wellbeing in the Caribbean. After all, “health is wealth” and we certainly cannot promote youth development without a healthy youthful population. This platform will also assist in reaching MDG 4, 5 and 6.
• To assist in the formulation and implementation of youth-innovated policies and action plans on youth empowerment and development which are modeled and structured to facilitate equality, economic enfranchisement, and participation of all young people. As a determined individual, it is my intention to help promote positive social change by fostering inclusion, respect diversity, equality and the participation of all; promoting peace and poverty alleviation in the Caribbean, advancing development, and protecting human rights and human dignity.
• “Sport has the power to unite people in the way little else can. It breaks down racial barriers, it laughs in the face of all sorts of discrimination. Sport speaks to people in languages they can understand.” –Nelson Mandela. This statement is one that is very profound and true. It is therefore my dream to promote sport for peace and development in the Caribbean -- using sport to promote positive role models and foster young people’s esteem, and holistic development. This I believe can aid in promoting positive livelihoods and development for youth in Caribbean Region. Using sports as a mechanism in youth development will also promote nation building and culture, acting as a platform for nationalism. Shireene is a goal-oriented individual, and will continue to promote positive social change by fostering inclusion -- respect for diversity, equality, and the participation of all. She has been constantly involved in voluntary work in the Caribbean promoting poverty alleviation, women and youth empowerment, advancing development, and protecting human rights and human dignity and founded her own, Non- Governmental Organization (NGO) as a vehicle to further those goals. Today represents the present that will inevitably determine the future and Shireene Judy Jude McMillan is one such person for today -- and the future.
Positive Youth! Yasmyn Camier was born and raised in the beautiful French Caribbean Island Guadeloupe and currently lives in Quebec City where she works as an intern at the Ministry of Environment of Quebec.
Youth-IN Congratulates Yasmin on her invitation to be a part of the International Youth Day 2012 Google+ Hangout following her "valuable input to the launch of our World Youth Report on youth employment in February 2012" at the UN headquarters in New York. On August 9, 2012 she will speak from her experiences as a Caribbean youth under the theme "Partnering with and for Youth – Employment". (To view Hangout go to www.gplus.to/unitednations at 11AM EST) Camier was also selected in 2011 in two international contests to attend a conference on Environment in Canada, and one on the Afrodescendant Youth held in Costa Rica. As an observer at the United Nations High-level Meeting on Youth in July 2011, she recognized the tools needed to enhance her role as a coordinator volunteer in the international youth association Give1Project, based in Paris.
In early 2012, she was nominated as one of the three young contributors to the United Nations World Youth Report and was a panellist at the Report’s launch in New York City. Camier graduated from Aix-Marseille University in France in 2010 with a Bachelor in Biology and Ecology. She is currently completing a Master of Science in environment at the University of Quebec in Montreal, Canada. Camier is also involved in youth associations such as IANA, CNRJ which support youth projects through mentoriship.
Positive Youth! Angad Singh is passionate about youth empowerment, contributing to public policy, capacity building and sustainable energy within communities. He recently completed his Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Trinidad and Tobago with high Upper Second class honours, double majoring in Environmental and Natural Resource Management and Geography.
Angad has worked as a Graduate Research Assistant jointly with the Department of Life Sciences at UWI and the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) on management and conservation of the Mauritia flexuosa palm species in the Aripo Savannas, an Environmentally Sensitive and Protected Area in Trinidad. This is an area of great ecological, scientific, national and international conservation importance. In addition, he has volunteered at The Cropper Foundation, a not-for-profit, philanthropic environmental organization contributing to public policy, capacity building and environmental awareness within communities.
Angad is an active member of the Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) and has represented CYEN at numerous conferences around the world and has been sponsored by the UNDP Enhancing Resilience to Reduce Vulnerability in the Caribbean (ERC) Project to attend the World Youth Congress (June 4th – 13th 2012) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Angad: "I am passionate about representing the views of the Caribbean region's youth which are often under represented at the International level. My ultimate aim is to see young people playing a more active role in environmental decision making. I sincerely wish to be a part of this change."
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