Jamaican heads regional youth council
Tijani Christian, a 24-year-old Jamaican, is the newly elected chairperson of the Caribbean Regional Youth Council (CRYC).
Though elected September 2015 at the Second General Assembly of the CRYC in Kingston, the team officially assumed office on January 1, 2016, after a three-month transition period.
As chairperson, Christian is to provide strategic transformational leadership to oversee the policy and advocacy direction of the council in an effort to ensure the efficient and effective management of the organisation.
Towards this end, the council will advance its efforts in ensuring the increased participation and involvement of youth in the decision making at all levels of governance in the region.
Among the executive board is another Jamaican, Nackadian Jones, who was elected vice-chair of members and partnership.
The CRYC is the collective voice of national youth councils and represents the voice of youth for the Caribbean.
Further, it is a strategic youth governance and advocacy movement with one voice working towards regional representation, integration and cooperation as a platform for youth development.
The 2015-2017 executive said it was looking forward to a successful term "in furtherance of the youth development agenda throughout the region".
Other members of the executive are Firhaana Bulbulia - vice-chair, policy & advocacy (Barbados); Kezia Campbell - vice-chair, resource mobilisation (Guyana); Camara Lee - board member, training and development (St Kitts & Nevis); and Kerahia Jno Baptiste - board member, information and communication (Dominica).