Tevin Shepherd

Country representing

Saint Lucia

Languages

English
Creole

Education

  • Monroe College
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Information Technology

Current organisation

Saint Lucia National Youth Council

Current role

2nd Vice President

Skills and Expertise

Community management
Fundraising
Human rights
Public policy
Social entrepreneurship

Areas of interest

Education
Peace and Conflict
Sustainable Development
Youth Unemployment

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about

Actions

As the 2nd Vice President of the Saint Lucia National Youth Council, I have pioneered a number of national and community programmes targeted at youth in Saint Lucia and across the Caribbean region. With the support of a team of volunteers, I’ve been able to revive over 80% of students’ councils around the island in over 20 secondary schools in Saint Lucia. This is an outstanding achievement as it fosters a democratic culture in schools and exposes students to governance and promote peace building. Additionally, I’ve been able to implement an education fund to support underprivileged youth who have made a contribution to social development attain a tertiary level education. In my community, the statistically poorest community in Saint Lucia, I was the President of a community organization, ProjectCan. The organization has trained youth in entrepreneurship and heritage tourism to be able to become financially independent. The organization also worked with other partners and created employment for one youth to work in the hospitality/tourism industry in Saint Lucia. Crime has become one of the main challenges threatening economies and livelihoods in Caribbean countries, according to UNDP’s Caribbean Human Development Report. In an effort to combat this daunting issue, in November 2015, I volunteered with the United Nations Development Programme Barbados and the OECS Office to implement the regional SocialInnov4Change project in Saint Lucia. I was primarily responsible for mobilizing youth to attend the event and locally organize the logistics of the forum. The SocialInno4Change project has trained over 70 youth in ideation and, formulation of novel concepts relating to crime and violence prevention. At the end of the training, 6 groups received $2,000USD grants to implement their innovative solutions.