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.
Is a professional Website/Graphic
Positive Youth! Asha Vigilante Pini:
Is a professional Website/Graphic designer offering services in print design, logo design, custom illustration, web development and flash animation. Asha has held several positions as Senior Website/Graphic Designer with marketing agencies across the region including Grenada, Dominica, Antigua and the British Virgin Islands. Asha currently resides in Saint Lucia.
Asha Vigilante Pini is the winner of the Youth-IN Logo & Website Design Competition the first competition launched by Youth-IN in 2011.
Positive Youth! Born in South Trinidad, Jeston is destined to have an impact on the film industry. Starting his career early in music and audio production, Jeston decided to transfer his skill set to video production. After studying, Motion Picture, and working in the U.S for some time, Jeston pondered the best way to make an impact in the world of video production. It was then that he decided to return to his homeland and lend his creative eye to the Trinidadian audience. Doing work for various music artistes and major corporate entities in the Trinidad & Tobago, the Caribbean, U.S, Canada and Europe.
Jeston is one of the young emerging filmmakers and video directors out of Trinidad & Tobago. When Jeston saw that the ILO launched a video contest for young people (from 18-29 years) on how the global jobs crisis is affecting them and their communities Jeston put his skills into practice and his vision into production. The video “THE POWER OF ONE - Global Youth Unemployment” emerged and was submitted (See the video here: http://youtu.be/amAqI1fYGhA) - Be sure to share it with other youth in your area.
In addition to his busy schedule Jeston finds the time each summer to volunteer at the Manhatten Youth Downtown Community Center http://manhattanyouth.org/ by working with the children.
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