Education to Eradicate Poverty – Tevin Shepherd

Tevin co-founded an organisation called ProjectCan, which engages young people in education, entrepreneurship and leadership. His commitment to access to education led him to create the Hon. Mario Mitchel NYC Fund which provides scholarships to student. With this approach Tevin is tackling eradication of poverty through the promotion of education.

The Commonwealth Youth Council met with Tevin recently to learn more about his work.

Tevin:

ProjectCan

I began as a youth development worker in Canaries, one of the smallest and statistically poorest communities in St. Lucia. My drive for development and change led me to initiate, together with other villagers, a youth organization: ProjectCan. ProjectCan, the only organization of its kind, placed emphasis on empowering youth and students within their community to reach their maximum potential. It engaged them in education, entrepreneurship, leadership and recreation. In 2013, our members participated in the Youth Poverty Alleviation through Tourism and Heritage Project hosted by the Saint Lucia National Youth Council which trained over 60 youth in entrepreneurship. Several youth were able to start their own business, while employment was created for one male on a cruise ship.

Justice Mario Mitchel NYC Fund

My passion for access to education led me to implement the Justice Mario Mitchel NYC Fund. This scholarship fund has made available tertiary education opportunities for underprivileged high academic achievers in St. Lucia. The fund is supported by the Ministry of Education in St.Lucia and the Canaries United Kingdom Association. Several disadvantaged youth have benefited and are now able to attend school and acquire a holistic education.

I also represent St. Lucia regionally as the country’s representative in the United Nations Development Programme – Caribbean Youth Think Talk (CYTT), which is a platform to discuss youth issues and advocate and implement solutions.Through the CYTT, I implemented the Youth Talk Through Arts (YTTA) initiative which trained over 300 St. Lucian youth in the Arts and Entrepreneurship and provided a platform for youth to express themselves on issues affecting them using Arts. I also volunteered in the implementation of YTTA in Trinidad where over thousands youth benefited.

Promoting youth leadership

Since 2012, I was elected to serve as the Second Vice President for Education of the St. Lucia National Youth Council (NYC).The NYC is a democratic and independent non-governmental organization of over 150 youth and student organizations representing the interest and ideals of Saint Lucia’s youth. In 2013 I received the award of Youth of the Year in St. Lucia. Following this achievement, I worked with the student bodies in St. Lucia to implement and sustain student councils at every secondary school on the island. We then implemented the Lucian Leaders Summit which is in its 3rdyear and has trained over 300 students in self-awareness, environmental awareness, stress management, social media and technology, and youth involvement in effective leadership. The summit continues to grow and has formed partnerships with The Beckwith International Leadership Development program, the United Nations Development Program and other private sector organizations.

Congratulations Tevin – With young people like Tevin, we know the world is in good hands

 

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