MSYA appoints new CARICOM Youth Ambassadors
Port of Spain, May 29th, 2020. The Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs appointed Mr. Keigon Denoon and Ms. Renee Atwell as Trinidad and Tobago’s CARICOM Youth Ambassadors, effective August 1, 2020 to July 31, 2022. The CARICOM Youth Ambassador Programme aims to deepen the levels of youth participation and partnership in regional integration and national development.
The Honourable Shamfa Cudjoe, Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs appointed Mr. Keigon Denoon at a small ceremony at the Office of the Prime Minister, Central Administrative Services of Tobago, Scarborough on Thursday 28th May, 2020. Ms. Renee Atwell received her instrument of appointment from Minister Cudjoe at the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs Head Office, St Clair on Friday 29th May, 2020.
The CARICOM Youth Ambassador Programme creates a regional network of young Caribbean nationals mandated by CARICOM Heads of Governments to advocate for and educate young people about regional priorities such as HIV and AIDS, Entrepreneurship, and the CARICOM Single Market and Economy. They perform a dual role, addressing youth issues at the national level within a regional strategic framework, as well as bringing national issues to the attention of the Region’s policy makers and planners.
The Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs invited submissions from eligible persons from eighteen to twenty-five (18-25) years old. A committee from the Youth Affairs Division facilitated the collating and short-listing process from the seventy-four (74) applications received.
Mr. Keigon Denoon and Ms. Renee Atwell were chosen based on a rigorous selection process which included an assessment of their youth group involvement, community affiliation and their performance at an interview.
During their tenure as Youth Ambassadors for the period 2020-2022, they will advocate for and educate young people about CARICOM issues and priorities and effectuate other roles and responsibilities along with other CARICOM Youth Ambassadors from throughout the region. They will focus on:
Skills development for vulnerable young people
Promoting multi-sector collaboration; and
Fostering an environment that is supportive of youth participation and leadership.
The Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs is committed to supporting and working closely with Mr. Denoon and Ms. Atwell during their tenure as CARICOM Youth Ambassadors as they advocate for youth development and empowerment in Trinidad and Tobago and across the region.