International Youth Day 2020 was held on August 12, 2020 and themed “Youth Engagement for Global Action”, which sought to highlight the ways in which the engagement of young people at the local, national, regional and global levels enriches the various formal institutions and structures in the world over. It has been proven that youth involvement has encouraged public trust in well-established public and private systems and afforded the youth to make refreshing and significant contributions.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines, through the CARICOM Youth Ambassadors (CYA) Programme has continued to foster Youth Engagement for Global Action. The CYA Programme has contributed to increased youth knowledge and awareness of CARICOM issues and priorities; and has assisted in integrating the views and perspectives of young people from across the region into national, regional and international policy.
Mr. Shafique Sam and Ms. Rose-Ann Richardson, are confirmed as the new male and female CARICOM Youth Ambassadors, to spearhead the SVG Committee. Sam and Richardson are expected to maintain commitment and dedication to Caribbean unity and CARICOM integration; respect for cultural diversity; effective youth participation; equality, equity ad non-discrimination; human development and empowerment; partnership, coordination and co-operation; social dialogue; capacity building through knowledge sharing and professionalism through integrity and honesty.
Shafique Sam is a lover of history, music and culture and a regionalist at heart. Sam is passionate about the Caribbean, its heritage and development. He completed a BSc in International Relations and a M.Sc. of Government at the UWI Mona. His Master’s thesis was entitled: “National Identities versus Regional Identity; The role of nationalism identities in Caribbean integration”. Presently, Sam is employed at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to podcasts and learning new things.
Rose-Ann Richardson is a Barrister and Solicitor and currently works as Crown Counsel in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions/ National Prosecution Service. Richardson has a keen interest for youth work and development. She hopes that through the work of the CYA, forums such as the National Youth Council/Youth Parliament, would become active again, thereby giving the youth another avenue to make a meaningful contribution to St. Vincent and the Grenadines. (PR)