Jamaican is Mr Teen UN 2017
Jamaica's Rodain Richardson walked away with the crown and the title of Mr Teen United Nations 2017 at the grand coronation show, held on July 8 at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston.
Richardson won ahead of Mr Teen Guyana and Mr Teen Haiti, securing a second win for Jamaica in the pageant's history.
The 18-year-old Ardenne High School student said he was introduced to the pageant by a teacher. "Actually, my biology teacher, Mr Pierce Lawrence, came to me one day and said, 'Rodain, you seem like the type of person who enjoys giving back to your society, would you like to represent your country?' And that's where it all started," said Richardson.
Since winning the local title, he has been doing a lot of volunteering across the Corporate Area. This, he said comes naturally for him as he has been volunteering since the age of 14 at hospitals and homes. He also started Jamaica Youth Motivators, more commonly known as JYM. "I envisioned a charity organisation led by the youth of Jamaica for the youth of Jamaica," Richardson said.
Richardson said he had to put in some hard work to ensure he was properly prepared for the competition. "It took a lot of preparation and dedication. I was often corrected by one of the pageant directors, Mr Leon Williams, and I had to adjust myself and show the world what Jamaica has to offer," he said.
It was not just hard work, as Richardson said the experience was also fun. "There were events after events, just pure laughter and enjoyment. I enjoyed every moment of it and I am glad I met wonderful people with great personalities from all over the world," he said.
Now, with his new title, Richardson said he will continue to empower and motivate the youth not only in Kingston, but across Jamaica and, hopefully, if given the chance, across the world.