Relationship and Partnership Building with Ministries of Youth

A key aspect of the Caribbean and Americas Region Committee’s strategic plan was to build and maintain relationships and partnerships with Ministries of Youth in the region. To do this, meetings were held Ministry officials including Ministers and Directors of Youth. By leveraging those relationships and partnerships, the Caribbean and Americas Region Committee was able to represent their constituency and advocate on issues more efficiently.

 

Courtesy call with Minister of Youth of Jamaica, Hon. Floyd Green

In August 2018, I attended a courtesy call in Kingston, Jamaica with then Minister of Youth of Jamaica, Hon. Floyd Green. Tijani Christian, Chairman of the CYC, and Michelle Thomas, Special Interest Representative of the CYC were also in attendance. At the meeting, I successfully discussed the Minister’s commitments and plans to revamp the National Youth Council of Jamaica (NYCJ). I also discussed the issues of Jamaica’s National Delegates (NDs) to the CYC not coming from the NYC and the minister committed to rectifying that issue. The meeting ended with a general discussion on the ways in which the Government of Jamaica and the CYC could work together for Jamaican youth.

Figure 24 Franz George, Caribbean and Americas Region Representative (extreme right) and other members of the   CYC Executive engaging Hon. Floyd Green, Minister of State  in Ministry of Education, Youth and Information  2016 to 2019, Jamaica (second from left)

 

 

Meeting with Caribbean Caucus of Youth Directors

While attending the Caribbean Summit on Youth Violence Prevention in Georgetown, Guyana from January 11- 16 2019, I had several meetings with the Caribbean Caucus of Youth Directors. When meeting them, I presented the organisational profile and mandates of the CYC, and the specific strategic goals of the Caribbean and Americas Region Committee. portfolio. I also successfully discussed and negotiated plans to collaborate on auditing NYCs, and planning and executing a technical workshop for NYCs called the Meeting of Members (MoM).

Figure 25 Youth directors of the Caribbean Caucus of Youth Directors

 

Meeting with officials from Department of Youth, Belize

On February 15, 2019, I had a virtual meeting with representatives from the Department of Youth, Belize. In the meeting, I presented the mandates of the CYC, and the specific strategic goals of the Caribbean and Americas Region Committee. I also discussed how CYC’s plans to work with the Caucus of Youth Directors to audit and strengthen NYCs can be implemented locally in Belize. I further discussed Belize’s participation in the MoM and I discussed the issues surrounding Belize’s national youth policy.

 

Meeting with officials from the Department of Youth, Montserrat

On February 23, 2019, I had a virtual meeting with officials from the Department of Youth, Montserrat. In the meeting, I presented the mandates of the CYC, and the specific strategic goals of the Caribbean and Americas Region Committee. I also discussed how CYC’s plans to work with the Caucus of Youth Directors to audit and strengthen NYCs can be implemented locally in Montserrat. I further discussed issues surrounding the national youth policy in Monserrat as well as Montserrat’s participation in the MoM

 

Meeting with officials from the Department of Youth, SVG

When Visiting SVG from July 2019 – August 2019, I had several meetings with officials from the Ministry of Youth.  During those meetings, I presented the mandates of the CYC, and the specific strategic goals of the Caribbean and Americas Region Committee. I also discussed how CYC’s plans to work with the to establish NYCs in countries where NYCs have become defunct or were never established. I discussed ways in which the work of the CARICOM Youth Ambassadors SVG, and CYC could be synergised with the work of the Dept of Youth and align with SVG’s youth strategy. Through the meetings, project plans for key collaborative projects were developed. The plans were later submitted to Cabinet but did not get approval. Reasons were not given for why the plans were not approved. However, I continued to advocate for the establishment of an NYC as well as the development of a new national youth policy. Both the NYC and the youth policy were considered a priority area by the department following their representative’s participation in the MoM in Anguilla.

Figure 26 Group picture of Franz George, Caribbean and Americas Region Representative along with the representatives from Department of Youth, CARICOM Youth Ambassadors and Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassadors SVG

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