Patrice Renee Harris

Country representing

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Languages

English

Education

  • University of Virgin Islands; BA Communications, English
  • Clarence Fitzroy Byrant College; AA Humanities

Skills and Expertise

Activism
Broadcasting
Event planning
Public relations
Teaching and training

Areas of interest

Education
Leadership
Media

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about

 

In my country 65 percent of my population is represented by youth. This majority however holds the least power as it relates to the decision making process. I am very passionate about youth participation and their involvement in the decision making process. If this majority continues to be untapped there will be serious implications on the future of my nation. As a former youth ambassador and youth parliamentarian, I sought to boost the morale of youth by encouraging their participation in nation building. I believe that the potential of youth must be harnessed. Youth must be encouraged to participate fully in the affairs of their state. As a youth advocate I have strived to further my cause through social media, print and online media and through volunteerism.

Actions

My involvement in youth work is extensive and has peaked over the last four years. As member of the St Kitts National Youth Parliament Association, I have undertaken numerous tasks in order to achieve our overall goal of “Equality and Justice in Nation Building.” In doing so we have created position papers and organized youth forums and youth parliament sittings as we seek to involve the opinions of the youth in the affairs of the country. I have hosted a television program called “On the steps” as well as a radio program dubbed “Think About it.” From 2011- 2013 I was fortunate to teach at a public secondary school where I interacted with hundreds of children on a daily basis. My involvement included volunteering for the school’s athletic team and working closely with the guidance and counseling department to organize projects, which promote leadership. I also instilled a sense of responsibility and confidence in my students. Similarly, I worked closely with my Ministry of Youth Empowerment as a youth partner and a youth ambassador. During that time we have created programs that target at risk youth. In my leisure time, I volunteer at our local children’s home by assisting with homework and mentoring. In March 2012 I was fortunate to achieve a grant from the British Council’s Global Changemakers and was able to host my own leadership workshop dubbed “iLead Youth Jab”. At this workshop I was able to empower 40 youth both attached and unattached and share with the many tips I had acquired at previous summits and workshops.

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