PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia National Youth Council (NYC) in collaboration with the National Student Council is set to host the annual “Lucian Leaders Summit” at the Piaye Secondary School from August 10-14 2015.
The summit seeks to empower seventy-five students from schools across the island with the skills needed to undertake leadership positions within their respective institutions and communities through an interactive and innovative program.
Lucian Leaders Summit, in its third year, places emphasis on the importance of self-awareness, environmental awareness, stress management, social media and technology, and youth involvement, in effective leadership. The Beckwith International Leadership Development program will also be featured in an effort to train youth sports leaders who volunteer at community and national sports events.
The summit will serve as a platform to locally launch the “Vote like a Boss” campaign, initiated by the Caribbean Regional Youth Council, encouraging youth involvement in governance.
The summit will also host the United Nations Development Program “Social Innov4change Challenge” launched in celebration of International Youth Day on August 12 2015. A challenge shall be issued to youth organizations to design an effective social change project that will receive funding from the UNDP.
President of the National Youth Council Louise Victor in commenting on the summit said: ‘The NYC believes that it is very critical to cultivate leadership among our youth at the earliest opportunity . For too long has the power and impact of our school leaders been undermined.
‘It goes beyond just being a prefect or peer mediator etc, true empowerment of other and change in attitudes and behaviors can actually occur if equip them accordingly and so is what LLS does . It provides participants the poise to lead effectively. We have seen the success of this programme over the past two years through some of our student council leaders. We have seen greater initiation, great agitation, great independence and objectivity and greater awareness.’
International Youth Day celebrations will climax with a youth mixer so that participants could interact in an informal setting, strengthening the bonds between local organizations.