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THE MINISTRY OF GENDER YOUTH AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT & T H E U N I T E D N AT I O N S D E V E L O P M E N T P R O G R A M M E

CA R I B B E A N YO U T H T H I N K TA N K in collaboration with THE DIVISION OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND CULTURE,THA presents

YOUTH TALK THROUGH ARTS YOUTH INVOLVEMENT AND INCLUSION:

“TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS FOR DEVELOPMENT”

INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY

MONDAY

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AUG 2013

Caribbean Empowering lives. Resilient nations.


Special regards and a warm thank you T HE MIN ISTR Y O F GE N D E R YOUT H A ND C HILD DEVELO PMENT AND TH E DIVISI O N OF C OM M U NIT Y DEVELO PMENT A ND C ULT UR E

fo r pa rtnering with us throughout this initiative.

SPECIAL TH ANK YO U TO :

The Ministry of Communications The Mi nistry of Transport The Ministr y of Arts and Multiculturism The D ivision of Education, Youth Affairs & Sport, THA The Ministry of N ational Security Offi ce of Law Enforcement Policy H IV and AID S Secretariat Office of the P rime Minister

The Tr inidad and Tobago Cadet Force


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O P E NI N G R EM A R K S WE LC O M E S P E EC H 12 AUGUST 2013

UN ITED N ATI ON S D E V E LO P M ENT P R O G R AM M E CARIBBE A N YOU TH T H INK TANK R EP R ES ENTATI V E MISS TE OCA H D OV E


As a part of the United Nations Development Programme Inclusive Governance programming framework, the UNDP Barbados and the OECS Subregional Office facilitated the formation of the Caribbean Youth Think Tank (CYTT), which was launched on the 24th May 2012. As a “Think Tank” the CYTT will give Caribbean Youth voice on global, regional and national development issues and agendas. With UNDP assistance and support, CYTT organized and created an innovative outreach programme to influence Caribbean human development, policy formulation and the development of communities and societies through the Youth Talk Through Arts (YTTA) initiative. The initiative which was successfully launched in Barbados, St Lucia, Dominica and St Kitts and Nevis, facilitated the promotion of new in-country youth partnerships, use of creative innovation and spaces to showcase youth talent and arts so as to highlight critical youth development issues and challenges. The Caribbean Youth Think Tank created this initiative with two main objectives -To create an outlet for young creative minds to showcase their talents and to inform policy highlighting areas affecting youth through the performing arts; -To support youth participation in creative industries; I am pleased to be spearheading Youth Talk Through Arts – Trinidad and Tobago. Through artistic forms, such as: Dance; Music (Song); Spoken Word and Drama, youth nationwide would have a platform to express their views on the societal issues affecting them such as: HIV/AIDS; Domestic Violence; Poverty; Crime; National Identity; School Violence (Bullying); Racism; Sexual Abuse; Women’s Rights; Promiscuity; and Climate Change. This is not just a show; it’s a replica of our reality. As Hafsat Abiola once said, Peace comes from being able to contribute the best that we have, and all that we are, toward creating a world that supports everyone. But it is also securing the space for others to contribute the best that they have and all that they are. Youth Talk Through Arts seeks to create this space for our most vulnerable group in this country at present, youth. Happy International Youth Day! Regards, Teocah Arieal Ainka Dove


M E SS AG E O N IN TE R N AT I O N A L YO U T H DAY 12 AUGUST 2013

UN DP- T T D E P U TY R ES ID E NT R EP R ES ENTAT IV E MR. H EN R I -FR A N C OI S M O R AND


“YOUTH EMPOWERMENT: MOVING DEVELOPMENT FORWARD” THIS YEAR’S OBSERVANCE OF INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY THE UNDP BELIEVES THAT IT IS IMPORTANT TO EMPOWER THE YOUTH SO THAT THEY CAN GIVE VOICE TO THEIR STRUGGLES AND EXPERIENCES; ASPIRATIONS AND VISION OF THEIR FUTURE IN TRININDAD AND TOBAGO.

MANY YOUNG PEOPLE FACE ECONOMIC HARDSHIP. SOME ARE ALONE, OTHERS PART OF A FAMILY – WITH PARENTS, SIBLINGS AND EVEN CHILDREN OF THEIR OWN. SOME HAVE COMMUNITIES TO GO TO, OTHERS MUST MAKE NEW CONNECTIONS.

MANY YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN FACE EQUAL OR GREATER STRUGGLES, INCLUDING RACISM, DISCRIMINATION AND HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS. EXPLOITATION AND ABUSE.

YOUNG WOMEN, IN PARTICULAR, FACE THE RISK OF SEXUAL

IN OTHER CASES, YOUNG PEOPLE LEFT BEHIND BY MIGRATING PARENTS FACE

PSYCHOLOGICAL AND SOCIAL CHALLENGES AND GREATER VULNERABILITY.

THESE CHALLENGES ARE EXACERBATED BY THE CURRENT GLOBAL ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRISIS.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO EMPHASISE THE POSITIVE CONTRIBUTIONS OUR YOUNG MAKE TO THE SOCIETY BY ENRICHING THE SOCIAL AND CULTURAL FABRIC.

WORKING WITH AND FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IS ONE OF THE UNDPS TOP PRIORITIES IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO AND WE ARE PLEASED TO SUPPORT THIS YOUTH TALK THROUGH ARTS INITIATIVE WHICH PROVIDES A FORUM FOR THE VOICE OF THE YOUTH.

ON THIS INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY, THE UNDP ENCOURAGES THE GOVERNMENT, PRIVATE SECTOR, YOUTH-LED ORGANISATIONS AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS TO ACT TO PROMOTE THE RIGHTS OF YOUNG PEOPLE, AND MAXIMISE THEIR DEVELOPMENT SO THAT THEY ARE EMPOWERED TO BE A PART OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO


S E C R E TA R Y R E M A R K S 12 AUGUST 2013

SEC RETARY OF C OMMU NIT Y DE V ELO P M ENT AND CULT URE , TOB AGO H OU SE OF A SSEM BLY D R . DEN IS E TSOI A FATT- ANG U S


Let me first welcome all the visitors to our midst, to our beautiful islands of Trinidad and Tobago and invite you to visit the Capital of Paradise in Tobago.

Today I bring you greetings on behalf of the Tobago House of Assembly, and especially from the Division of Community Development and Culture, and the Division of Education, Youth Affairs and Sport, who have been collaborators on this initiative, alongside the Ministry of Gender and Youth Affairs and the United Nations Development Programme of the Caribbean Youth Think Tank organizers. It is indeed a pleasure for us to be able to participate on the theme: 'Youth Talk Through Arts.'

Today is about two things. It is about dialogue where youth will have an opportunity to express themselves on societal issues ranging from HIV AIDS, Domestic Violence, Identity Issues, Sexual Issues, Peer Pressure, Racism, Sexual Abuse, Women's Rights, Teenage Pregnancy, Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Climate Change. These are some of the challenges that plague today's world and the youth will find the forum here to express themselves in the form of the Arts.

In this regard, the organizers must be commended for this initiative and the innovation in using the modern Arts, but should be reminded that our ancestors too would have used a similar forum to express themselves and their challenges and even plan strategies during their time. They used the drums and the dances in sharing how they felt and as a form of communication that united them to overcome their struggle. Similarly, too the steelpan, mas and the social commentary through our calypsoes are also unifying forces; and today, you are clearly on the right track in getting together through the Performing Arts of music, dance, spoken word, speech band and drama, to unify your voices in preparing to deal with the social issues that are now at hand.

But this afternoon, should not and cannot be just a 'talk shop'. We must be willing to ask ourselves 'what next'? In this context, today must also be about a call to action. Your efforts as young people must be recognized and the fact that this activity signals your commitment to participate in the struggle. It is therefore, our responsibility as policymakers to meet with you and chart the way forward to ensure that together, we can provide a better future for generations to come.

As such, I am looking forward to this afternoon's performances, to seeing the various expressions and to our post discussions on the way forward. I thank you for inviting us to be a part of this initiative and give my assurance and commitment on behalf of the Division of Community Development and Culture of the Tobago House of Assembly that the conversation will continue beyond today." Happy International Youth Day

Councillor Dr Denise Tsoiafatt, Secretary of Community Development and Culture, Tobago House of Assembly


MI N I S T E R ’ S R EM A R K S 12 AUGUST 2013

M IN IS TER OF G E N D E R , YO U T H AND C H IL D DE V ELOP M E NT S EN ATOR - T HE HON OU R ABL E M AR L ENE C O U D R AY


It is my great pleasure to greet and welcome you to this commemoration of International Youth Day, which is being hosted jointly by the Government of Trinidad & Tobago through Ministry of Gender, Youth and Child Development, the UNDP Caribbean Youth Think Tank and the Division of Youth and Culture of the Tobago House of Assembly. The United Nations has chosen “Youth migration: Moving development forward” as its theme for this year’s observance. In his message, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon noted that young people make up 10% of 214 million international migrants annually. Yet there is no authoritative source that has tracked and maintained contact with youth migrants to understand the experience, success factors, challenges and how we as Government and youth-focused organisations can do more to deliver a comfortable path forward. Here in Trinidad & Tobago, the advent of widespread social media access and a technological revolution have brought down many territorial and social barriers which existed in the past. With an appreciation of the evolution that has taken place, the Trinidad & Tobago Government has pressed forward with strategies to not only safeguard the future of youth, but also to engage young people in planning the future. With the recently launched National Youth Policy as well as a deliberately structured set of community-based projects that focus on youth involvement, our vision is to captivate young people so that the future is seen as something they are a part of shaping and creating, rather than something that they are forced to accept. To achieve this, we have focused on meeting our young people on their own ground, and through a programme of volunteerism, and giving them the opportunity to witness and experience all aspects of life. We have recognised that each young person is different. Each aspire in different ways to make their individuality shine, to stand out, to demonstrate skill, courage and awareness. Each will from time to time react differently to challenges and approach progress and development with different mind-sets. For these reasons, we have been careful not to develop policy and implement programmes that are generic or ‘one size fits all’ in nature. We have pursued policies which recognise our rich diversity, which include: •

Volunteerism,

Community leadership and life-skills,


Annual youth awards to recognise youth achievements, and

Partnerships with non-Governmental and community organisations to amplify academic, the arts

and culture, sporting and vocational successes already being achieved… Whatever the aspect of youth development, we have tried to ensure that everyone is not only involved, but also fully engaged with a sense of ownership of the outcome. We welcome this year’s theme focusing on youth migration since it’s an area that we have not yet fully explored and we shall take the opportunity to have it incorporated in our strategies for youth development. In this way, we shall ensure that we encourage our young people to see a future for themselves in their own country as well as the world at large based on the impact of migration. We will be enabled to use the experiences, success factors and challenges to assist us in framing and enhancing youth policies. The nation and indeed the world that we hold in trust for young people will surely be a better one than we inherited. And when the responsibility falls to you to further enhance the world for the youth of the future, you will no doubt step up to leadership and take your responsibility seriously. On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, it is my great pleasure to wish all the young people of Trinidad & Tobago and indeed the world over a happy and memorable International Youth Day. May God guide and bless you as you reach out to fulfil your dreams and take your place in the future. I thank you.


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THE P E R FORME RS


YOUTH AND ENVIRONMENT

RAHIL BABOORAM

MASTER-AKEEM PHILLIP

FAR AWAY FATE

GABRIEL CREATIVE STUDIOS

LIFE AND STRUGGLE

DANSTARS (HOLY FAITH CONVENT)

ARIEL SAUNDERS

2 CENTS MOVEMENT

ISAIAH MATAMORO

EMIAH FLEMING

PAX MOTIF


WARREN DE MILLS

SPEYSIDE YOUNG LEADERS

KEFIM SCOTT

FAMILY ISSUES

FYZABAD CONNECTION

CADVA

DANGEROUS LOVE

ARIEL WOLFFE

JOEY HARRYNANAN


YOUTH, UNITY AND PATRIOTISM

STEPHANIE SMITH

GIATRI LALLA

DANSTARS (HOLY FAITH CONVENT)

DE KULTURE KLUB

VAISHALI MAHARAJ


YOUTH AND ENVIRONMENT Rahil Babooram Rahil Babooram is a singer/songwriter/musician/one-man band on his recordings [vocals, guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, percussion]. When he performs live he does it alone or with a backing band of which he has had various live lineups of since 1998. Albums: 'Gaura-Vani' (1999) 'Simply Rahil' (2005) 'Orange' (2006) 'Cuatro' (2013) His environmental song 'all on you' is a 4-time #1 on the weekly, Indigenous radio top 12 charts on 91.1fm. His albums may be purchased in most music stores locally and online at http://trinidadtunes.com. Look him up on facebook to listen and know more. Contact info: rahilbabooram@hotmail.com http://reverbnation.com/rahilbabooram http://youtube.com/simplyrahil http://twitter.com/rahilbabooram 490-2447

Master Akeem Phillips I have been involve in spoken word for three years , my introduction to spoken word came at a Carnival church camp where I met the truly blessed and talented Derron Sandy who was and is, still a main part of my development as a spoken word artiste and as well as a Seventh-Day Adventist youth. In the year 2012 I had the great opportunity to feather my skills and widen my knowledge in my art form when I was given the chance to be part of SWRD 101 foundation in poetry class, put on by the 2 cent movement. There I met Freetown collective and many more great names who made their mark in the spoken word, and performance arts industry, which caused my passion for spoken word to grow even more. Spoken word has become a big part of my life, but in all things I must give thanks to GOD, for being given such a powerful gift. I use my talents not only for my profit but to bring other's to him Other than spoken word I love the kitchen and my dream is to own my own health food restaurant one day. I am a firm believer in knowing where I come from, "Because I believe ‘how could a man know where he is going, unless he knows where he has come from." How can u appreciate your future, if you neglect your past. A child at heart and loves to see people smile and as a spoken word artiste I use my talent to do just that. Contact: 344-4698 Email: master3443@hotmail.com


Dsaia Edwards Contact: 354-8092 Email: imageartscompany@gmail.com

Far Away Fate Far Away Fate is a Post Grunge/Alternative Rock band! five different musicians with one common goal, to bring a change and voice the opinions of the conflicted and confused.The band consists of five members, Jonny (lead vocalist/bassist and founder of the band) Ray (drummer/back up vocalist and co-founder), Reysh (lead guitarist/back up vocalist) Krys (rhythm guitarist/backup vocalist) and Akeem (keyboardist/backup guitarist). Some members discussed the idea of forming a band approximately three years ago but officially materialized early 2013. We recently performed at the Naparima Bowl with Ashford Joseph and we're currently recording a demo. Contact: Jonothan Sonalo sonalo.carl631@gmail.com Contact: 325-9665

Gabriel Creative Studios Contact: Stephon Gabriel Cell number: 701-5603 Email: sblbcg@gmail.com

LIFE AND STRUGGLE Speyside Young Leaders Contact: Latoyaa Roberts Cell: 732-7630 Email: latoyaaroberts@hotmail.com

Miss Ruqayyah Boyer-Miss World 2013-GUYANA/CADVA Caribbean American Domestic Violence Awareness (CADVA) Contact: Dianne Madray Contact: 917-399-5764 Email: Dianne_madray@yahoo.com

Holy Faith Convent (Danstars) DANSTARS is a group of young women from ranging from ages 12-27 with one important thing in common, a PASSION for DANCE. A passion which allows us to use or talent to evoke unfamiliar emotions and awaken sleeping spirits. DANSTARS, founded by Miss Shanyce Bethel, focuses on being one family, where all are welcome. There are no strangers among us, only friends we have not met.

Shanyce Bethel

743-1805 / 342-2966 shanycebethel@hotmail.com


2 Cents Movement Founder and current leader of The 2 Cents Movement. Jean-Claude is a 23 year old graduate of the University of the Southern Caribbean, behavioural science department. He works with the Bocas Literature Festival as a "Spoken Word and Youth consultant." As the leader of The 2 Cents Movement he is responsible for the running of the organization, managing its members, and major decision making for the group, including what projects are selected and how they are executed Jean Claude Cournand thetwocentsmovement@gmail.com, Contact: 341-7946, 686-8781

Isaiah Matamoro DONT ONLY STAND, BUT STAND AND SPEAK, FOR THEY WILL NOT KNOW WHAT YOU STAND FOR. Grounded in spiritual and family values, I stand with a voice that echoes from my heart to make difference; to leave a mark that will remain etched in history. I am Isaiah Matamoro, and I break my silence through the performing arts. My passion lies in the areas of Medicine, Environmental Awareness and Youth development. I believe that youth must be given an opportunity to shape their future now, for the problems that we may face tomorrow , is rooted in today’s society. Contact: 702-9922 Email: imatamoro@gmail.com

Ariel Saunders Be the change that you wish to see in the world" My personal motto, adapted from no other than Mahatma Gandhi. My name is Ariel Saunders, I am 17 years of age and i consider myself to be a fun, adventurous, energetic and friendly person. I enjoy serving my God, school and community by engaging in activities that support the above stated. I believe that the performing arts is a great medium through which youth can express themselves and change can be brought about in a nation. I therefore involve myself in drama, spoken word, and any other enterprise in which a positive message can be brought about, or matters that affect society can be addressed. My dream is to see youth in Trinidad and Tobago be responsible and become people of PURPOSE in taking up the mantle as the future leaders of our society. Contact: 296-8916 Email: ariel.saunders@yahoo.com Or ariel.saunders@hotmail.com

Emiah Fleming My name is Emiah Fleming, I am 18 years of age. Currently I'm a 6th Form Science student at Pleasantville Secondary School. I have been exposed to dance at the age of 6, and since then to now it has been a passion of mines. I've been trained in Ballet, Modern, Lyrical, Jazz, Tap. At the age of 15 I represented Trinidad and Tobago at the World Championship of Performing Arts, in Hollywood, Los Angeles and I placed 2nd in dance out of 57 countries. In the further I desire to study dance and eventually use it as a form of physiotherapy for Athletes. Contact: 302-2332/ 721-0101 Email: myahfleming@gmail.com


Pax Motif Pax Motif was formed in July 2013 by Giselle E. O’Brien, whose vision was to bring musicians with similar values, unique styles and a shared passion for music together. She and violinist Amanda Manmohan are both students at the University of Trinidad and Tobago’s Academy of the Performing Arts, where they were partners in the University’s Teacher Training program. Giselle met Anum Kamau and Monique Clement through mutual friends, and would often play together for fun and entertain the idea of starting their own band. After introducing Amanda to Anum and Monique, the band brought in fellow UTT classmate and flautist/pianist, Mark-Anthony Pierre. Finally, for their debut in the United Nations’ Youth Talk Through Talk, Pax Motif has invited Von Best to be their featured drummer. Together, the members of Pax Motif explore music in order to find and share their own unique voices. Giselle O’Brien Contact: 468-8210 Email: gis.obrien@gmail.com

Warren De Mills At just 18, Warren has published 2 anthologies of poetry which are available at Amazon (Kindle) Barnes & Noble (Nook) I-Tunes (I-Books) Kobo store and many more e-stores worldwide. He has performed spoken word at various venues for crowds of varying sizes. He has also taught religious instruction at his alma mater, Queen’s Royal College, for approximately eighteen months for the Seventh Day Adventist Church. When he is not writing poetry, he can be found at the gym, at home writing music, reading, playing chess or hanging out with his family and friends. Warren is currently in his third year of undergraduate school where he is pursuing his B.A in Theology & Religion at the University of the Southern Caribbean. He plans to further his studies unto the graduate (Masters) level Contact: 767-0021 Warrendemills@outlook.com For more, see his website : www.warrenlgdemills.com

Kefim Scott Kefim Gerard Scott began his journey at the age of 3. He was crafted in the teachings of Theatre and Music, which allowed him to enter different competitions to display his talent. He placed first in the Scholarship Competition of Talented Teenagers (S.C.O.T.T), was a recipient of a National Youth Award for Dance and Drama, won the Best Short Story in the Prime Minister’s Best Village Competition and was crowned Mr. Sanfest, all in the year 2011. He is now currently the drummer for the Marabella Catholic Folk Choir. Recently he was chosen to represent our country as a Youth Ambassador in the United States. Contact : 717-4997 Email: kefimscott@live.com


DANGEROUS LOVE Ariel Wolff Currently 19 years old, Ariel Wolffe is sharing her poetry with the world. A musician and Computer Science student, Ariel expresses her love for the arts and technology. She began writing at the age of 15 but kept her work to herself until she was encouraged by seeing other spoken word artistes performing their art. Ariel strives to produce poetry that invokes change and touches the soul. Her poetry has been described as ‘mesmerizing’, ‘emotional’ and ‘powerful’. Ariel hopes to share more of her poetry with the world as she grows and develop herself as a writer and performer. Contact Information: Facebook: Ariel Akara Leigh Wolffe/ https://www.facebook.com/akara.wolffe Twitter: akaraWolffe Email: blog_ariel@live.com

Joey Harrynanan Favourite Quote: “Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have give I thee…” Mr. Joey Harrynanan has been actively involved in the Performing Arts for the past 15 years. He uses his talent to highlight and address social issues affecting Youth of contemporary society. Mr. Harrynanan’s wealth of experience secured him as an adjudicator, writer, director and Master of Ceremonies at a variety of events. His excellence is reflected in Sports, Academia, The Arts and other disciplines. As UWI Psychology degree holder, he intends to continuously contribute to society in whatever way he can. Contact: 479-2924 Email: joeyharrynanan@hotmail.com

Fyzabad Connection The fyzabad connection drama group, finalists at the best village folk theatre competition consecutivly since 2003, (and champions in 2008) is the alumni drama aggregation of the fyzabad secondary school. The group itself is a 21 times champion of the prestigeous schools' drama festival. The group, founded in 1987, has dedicated itself to productions that tackle issues which educate, inform and entertain. Contact: Zeno Constance Cell: 639-9078 Email: zeno_c@hotmail.com


YOUTH, UNITY AND PATRIOTISM Trinidad and Tobago Music Stars Trinidad and Tobago Music Stars is a community steel band and youth club aimed at providing opportunities for empowerment of at risk youths in the community of Chinapoo Village Laventille. The steel band and youth club was formed in 2005 on completion of a summer camp that was conducted at the home of Mr. Muabe Pierre in Malick. The steel band was formed and registered with Pan Trinbago in 2007 as a small conventional band. The band then moved to the Chinapoo community center to strategically position the b and as a community band and enhance access to the youths in the community. In 2009 the band participated in the School panorama competition and in 2010 participated in its first national panorama placing 30 out of a total of 42 bands. Contact: Mugabe Pierre Cell: 687-0097

Stephanie Smith Stephanie Smith is a graduate of the Fyzabad Secondary School, where she won multiple awards for creative writing and storytelling at the Junior Arts Festival also winning awards for outstanding acting at the prestigious Secondary School Drama Festival. Presently matriculating at UWI St Augustine, she has written and performed spoken word at festivals in Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago and is scheduled to perform at CARIFESTA in Suriname later this month. Cell: 778-8557 / 347-6740 Email: stephaniekellysmith@gmail.com

De Kulture Klub Ensemble (Tobago) De Kulture Klub Ensemble, from the budding sound of the name, pitching of the ear, a melting serenity of cultural ecstasy, bubbles the mind. Thus unique youth group of Tobago, A group much deserving of the many titles and accolades it has one. This Includes being the reigning winners of the folk show in the Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition. a group whose assistance, contribution and continued focus in various communities on the island of Tobago, regionally to our Caribbean sisters, and internationally to our foreign bonds, is outstanding. This group continues to offer a ridge to varying arts, and cultural landscapes that can be successfully transmitted from one era to another. Contact: Jessim Taylor Cell: 686-5581 Email: jessimtaylor@yahoo.com

Holy Faith Convent (Danstars) Shanyce Bethel 743-1805 / 342-2966 shanycebethel@hotmail.com


Vaishali Maharaj I am a Bharat Natyam dancer, involved in vocal classes both English and East Indian, playing the harmonium and have completed courses in swimming up to the advanced level. I also perform East Indian classical dances- Bharat Natyam. I participated in the Sanskritik Sangam Competition where I performed a dance item done in Classical Bharat Natyam Style and placed third and was later called to open the NAPA Fest ceremonies two consecutive nights performing dance items also in the Bharat Natyam style. I was also one of the tutors for Latin Dance sessions held at my school and I participated in ballroom dance sessions also held at my school. I completed a certificate course in Barcheta/Salsa done by the Rico Suave Dance Company. I represented my school at the School's Annual Swim Meet competition held at the Centre of Excellence Macoya. I am part of the Peer Helpers Group in my school which is a group headed by the Families in Action Organization of Trinidad and Tobago since Form 3. This program has helped me to develop as a person and has heightened my interest in service to others to an enormous extent. In the Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate (CSEC) Examination, I received nine subjects with distinctions ( Grade 1 ). I recently sat Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) at my present school and I am currently awaiting results. I intend to pursue a career in Paediatric Cardiology as my passion lies in working with children and making a positive impact in their lives. Contact: 759-8906 Email: vaishalimaharaj@hotmail.com

Giatri Lalla Giatri Lalla is 18 years and is a student of ASJA Girls College. She lives in Chaguanas with her parents and younger brother. Giatri enjoys partaking in various programmes such as the Youth Ambassadors program and the Caribbean Youth Forum. Giatri would like to be an engineer in the future as well as further assist in charitable work. Contact: 363-0508 Email: giatri.tinkerbell@gmail.com

De Kulture Klub Ensemble (Tobago) Contact: Jessim Taylor Cell: 686-5581 Email: jessimtaylor@yahoo.com

Nicholas Gordon Nicholas has been involved in the performing arts from a very early age and has not stopped since. (Nor does he plan to) As a singer, dancer, actor, motivational speaker and director, Nicholas is certainly a force to be reckoned with. Nicholas promotes peace, love and unity and uses his music and talents as a tool to help inspire and motivate others to achieve their goals. Nicholas continues to contribute his talents to various events in Trinidad and the wider Caribbean region. Contact: 765-1373 Email: nicholas_2k5@hotmail.com


H I V a n d A I D S S e c re ta r i a t AD D R E SS 12 AUGUST 2013

H I V A ND A IDS S E CRE TARI AT, OFFICE OF THE PRIME M I N I STER D R B E V E R LY ANDRE WS , DIRECTOR OF THE HIV SECRE TA R I AT


The Interim HIV Agency is a multisectoral body comprising representatives from a wide cross-section of stakeholders from government, civil society, faith based organisations, private sector, unions, Tobago House of Assembly. These persons are responsible for leading and co-ordinating the expanded national response to HIV and AIDS in Trinidad and Tobago. The Interim Agency is supported by the HIV Secretariat which is responsible for performing a coordinating, monitoring and advisory role with respect to the implementation of the national expanded response according to the key priority areas identified in the National Strategic Plan and the key deliverables reporting to the Interim HIV Agency. We provide services such as strategic information products such as statistical bulletins, research and policy briefs; IEC (Information, Education and Communication) products such as brochures, leaflets, FAQs, newsletters, and pamphlets; capacity building and training; financial assistance, website and IT services. The HIV Secretariat supports this initiative by the Caribbean Youth Think Tank since it is in tandem with the strategic objectives of the National Strategic Plan which is to increase sexual health knowledge, healthy attitudes and practices among youth. Youth are a key population in the national response to HIV and AIDS in Trinidad and as such they need to be empowered as agents of change to make a difference in the national landscape of Trinidad and Tobago. We congratulate the Caribbean Youth Think Tank on this initiative on International Youth Day.


MARITIME-GREETINGS The Maritime Financial Group is proud to partner with the UNDP-CYTT in the Youth Talk through Arts Initiative. At Maritime, we take a keen interest in youth development and in the Arts. As such, we saw this as a fantastic opportunity as it fosters youth development and youth creativity and expression through the Performing Arts. Issues such as domestic violence, poverty, crime, violence in schools, racism, sexual abuse, and so many more, are prevalent in today’s society. The youth are our future and we believe it is of utmost importance to provide them with an outlet to allow their creative minds to showcase their creative talents and to express themselves. Initiatives such as these encourage youth development through networking and partnership and it is one step in the right direction to a better tomorrow. Congratulations to the Ministry of Gender, Youth and Child Development, the United Nations Development Programme Caribbean Youth Think Tank and the Division of Community Development and Culture, THA for this Initiative. We are proud to be on board!


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RADIO BROADCAST SPONSOR Resurface Radio MEDIA PARTNERS TB Designs Silverpin Designs Company L imited PROJECT PARTNERS Hacoet Cater ing Services Chaise Bleue Event and Production Services Together you have joined forces and resources to give our nation’s youth a space and a place all toward creating a better Trinidad and Tobago.

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I, we sincerely thank you. Wa r m est Rega rds, Mi ss Teocah Arieal Ai n ka Dove Tr i ni d a d and Tobago Repres en tat i ve U ni te d N ations Developmen t Program Yo ut h - In, Caribbe an You t h Th i n k Tan k


C R E D I T S Chief Event Coordinator Teocah Arieal Anika Dove Trinidad and Tobago Representative United Nations Development Program Youth-IN, Caribbean Youth Think Tank Associate Event Coordinator Leslie Ann Wills-Caton Chaise Bleue Event & Production Services 1-868-770-6979 Administrative Assistant Janelle Thomas Graphic Designer Tajh Balthazar TB Designs 1-868-488-2972 Creative Directors Louris Martin-Lee Sing & Risanne Martin Brown Cotton Outreach 1-868-681-9985 Production House Silverpin Design Company Limited 1-868-665-9066 Cast and Crew - Catering and Craft Services Hacoet Catering Services (665-4680 - 492-0320) Technical Team National Academy for Performing Arts Production Assistants Amanda Boney Leeooi Oneika Edwards Clyeon Roberts Tevin Shephard Special Thanks to: Volunteer Center of Trinidad and Tobago


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