Meet SHSL co-organizer Christy S. N. Butcher

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Meet SHSL co-organizer Christy S. N. Butcher

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – SLUDTERA would like to introduce one of the team members behind Team Startup Huddle St. Lucia. Please meet #SHSL Co-organizer Christy S. N. Butcher.

Christy is a Certified Health Promotion Specialist previously employed as a Health Educator with the Ministry of Health in Saint Lucia, where she worked in various settings including schools, communities, workplaces and with multisectoral stakeholders. Whilst there, she developed a love for working with youth and soon became a focal point and national resource person in the areas of youth and sexual and reproductive health (SRH).

Over time, Christy broadened her scope working with international organizations such as the Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA), and International Youth Alliance on Family Planning (IYAFP) to effectively address youth and SRH in her country.

Recognizing the key role of social factors as determinants of health, Christy has transitioned increasingly towards overall self-development and improvements in one’s quality of life as pathways to holistic health and well-being. She focuses on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework to promote behaviour change and to create long-term impact and she has adopted social marketing and entrepreneurship as strategies to address the many social factors which pose barriers to good health among youth in her region.

Currently, Christy works independently and recently launched her entity, Writing Legends, a youth development social enterprise established to facilitate the expansion and implementation of youth-centric, global development initiatives for the benefit of youth in the Eastern Caribbean. This is achieved through partnerships with international entities towards the provision of opportunities for education, innovation, and donation in alignment with the realization of the SDGs agenda in the region.

Her flagship SDG initiative, Merit Eastern Caribbean, is the premier regional council for World Merit, a global youth organization based in the UK, which rewards young people for local action towards the achievement of the SDGs.

Writing Legends was developed following the recognized need for lucrative, yet impactful opportunities whereby young people in the region can be engaged. It acts as a conduit between global youth-centric initiatives and youth in the Eastern Caribbean. Through partnerships with various global organizations and movements, Writing Legends provides opportunities whereby young people can create meaningful impact, while actively developing themselves personally and professionally.

In addition to building Writing Legends, Christy remains engaged with various global youth organizations including the Commonwealth Youth Health Network for which she is a founding and Steering Committee member.

Chisty’s recent appointment of Regional Co-organizer on the Marketing Team of Startup Huddle St. Lucia, is a direct result of these accolades and achievements, in addition to being a member of the YLAI Network.

Startup Huddle St. Lucia is a free, monthly program designed to Educate, Engage and Connect Entrepreneurs. Once every month, Entrepreneurs come together to pitch their startup, reveal challenges and crowd-source solutions. From local founders, innovators, educators, and investors, to a global network of Entrepreneurial leaders, Startup Huddle provides a unique platform to strengthen the startup community.

THE STARTUP HUDDLE HISTORY

Startup Huddle (SH) is a global movement born in the United States to help one entrepreneur at a time. This movement was called 1 Million Cups.

People attend each SH event to hear two to three entrepreneurs share their successes and challenges. Each speaker is given 6 minutes. After each speaker, there’s a question/answer session, as well as time for networking.

Since that time many individuals have attended Startup Huddle around the world, and have taken Startup Huddle to their own communities- including Malawi, Niger, Tunisia, Jordan and other cities. All organizers have the same intent: to build their startup community. The goal is to help every community connect, engage and educate.

WHAT HAS BEEN LEARNED

To succeed, the next generation of entrepreneurs need more dedicated assistance. The Global Entrepreneurship Network developed a model to provide an easy and consistent event that will help communities connect, engage, and educate.

This served as a great next step after other popular events such as Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW).

St. Lucia now joins the network in bringing Startup Huddle to its community. The #SHSL Team intends to especially highlight initiatives which address some of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) such as; (i) Quality Education, (ii) Decent Work & Economic Growth, (iii) Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, (iv) Affordable & Clean Energy, (v) Responsible Consumption & Production, and (vi) Climate Action.

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