Christopher Kc Clarke received Youth Impact Award. (Picture courtesy- Google)

Christopher Kc Clarke received special recognition at Youth Impact Awards

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Red Cross Society Headquarters, St. Kitts and Nevis: Through their official Facebook handle, congratulated Christopher Kc Clarke for receiving the Youth Impact Award in the area of Volunteerism. The award was presented to Chris by Roxane Brookes- SKNRCS President.

It is a matter of joy to observe the continuous highlight of the contributions of youth in their communities from the Department of Youth– Nevis.

According to the Department of Youth,” In addition to receiving a trophy, each awardee will be presented with a grant through Regency Assurance. The purpose of this grant is to support awardees’ Volunteer Projects, which will be completed throughout the upcoming cycle.”

Nevis: The Department of Youth- Nevis presents the Youth Impact 12 Awards Ceremony, dubbed “Tropical Edition”, slated last Thursday at the Malcolm Guishard Recreational Park.

Nine extraordinary young men and women on the island of Nevis get recognition awards for their contributions to nation-building. The awardees include:

  • Teacher Shabaina Powell in the category Education and Lifelong Learning
  • Christopher Clarke-Volunteerism
  • Jalden Myers- Sports Excellence
  • Kerisha Powell- Youth Development
  • Hydeia Tyson- Youth in Agriculture
  • Wentworth Smithen- Youth in Culinary Arts
  • Elisel Ramirez Dorsett- Youth in Performing Arts
  • Jonathan Ward- Cultural and Historic Preservation
  • Dr. Tivon Browne- Health and Wellbeing

The 2023 Youth Impact 12 Awards is in its fourth cycle and forms part of the St. Kitts and Nevis Independence 40 Calendar of Events,

Youth opportunities in St. Kitts and Nevis:

The private sector is expanding slowly but needs a prepared workforce, and that includes marginalized youth who have long been denied access to training and economic opportunities. This section identifies five sectors that are under consideration for further exploration as to their viability-

  1. Agriculture– According to the ‘Caribbean Agriculture Research and Development Institute’, coconuts are the major commodity in St. Kitts and Nevis. About 39 per cent of the area is devoted to crops.

The councillors running the programs described them as opportunities to engage youth on a number of social issues in a non-threatening context. A hydroponics program could be used as a rehabilitative program that teaches a number of values to youth and provides them with livelihood skills.

  1. Construction– The engineering and construction industry in St Kitts and Nevis is well-developed. It requires training, certification and sometimes bonded insurance. Youth who want to increase their earning potential are able to seek additional formal training to boost their technical credibility and expertise. They can work to build the capacity of local youth-serving organizations to provide vocational training in the construction sector.
  2. Renewable Energy- Kitts and Nevis is heavily reliant on fossil fuels for electricity generation. There is a need for intermediate technician and craftsman-level training. Over the past several years, St. Kitts and Nevis has implemented several energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. With the upcoming renewable program, these initiatives will all create jobs.
  3. Tourism– Tourism is one of the most promising sectors in terms of the diversity of job and livelihood opportunities. Nevis is an exclusive Caribbean island jewel, measuring only 36 square miles. Despite the island’s narrow scale, its lush landscape is mountainous and sits stunningly around stunning beaches. The island possesses a rich collage of cultural/heritage sites, making it the envy of many significantly larger countries.
  4. Creative Arts– CARICOM is in the process of developing a policy for creative arts and culture. It promotes music, fine arts, publishing, sales and distribution, all as part of a viable industry to acquire training and build a business across the Caribbean. This is a sector in which many women are interested and are already active through various women’s associations and organizations.