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MoBay youth to introduce Obama at UWI Town Hall Meeting

Published:Thursday | April 9, 2015 | 2:11 PMSenior Gleaner Writer
Aubrey Stewart... His life is a story of poverty, but academic prowess

When US president Barack Obama rises to speak at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Town Hall youth meeting this afternoon, he will do so at the invitation of 22 year-old Aubrey Stewart.

The youth advocate, a former Cornwall College Head Boy, grew up in the  volatile inner-city community of Albion Lane in St James.

His life is a story narrated by poverty, but academic prowess, callous conditions but a caring heart, and the discipline instilled by his mother Rosemarie Haines and grandmother, Joyce Grant, with whom he grew.

In 2011, Stewart, now the president of the Guild of Students at UWI Western Jamaica Campus was honoured with the Prime Minister’s Youth Award for Excellence in Leadership.

Two years later he was awarded the Governor General Youth Award for Excellence in Leadership and in the same year, the National Young Leader Award from the Council of Voluntary Services for outstanding Volunteerism.

A recent recipient of a MoBay City Run Scholarship, he is focused on establishing a career in representational politics, as he believes that there is no height to which he cannot climb by using the active intelligence of his mind.