Youth-IN Launches Official Portal

Oct 31, 2012

After months of hard work and fine-tuning, the Youth-In portal is ready to welcome the thoughts, opinions and views of millions of young people from across the Caribbean and will be officially launched on October 31st, 2012.

MINISTER of Culture and Youth in Barbados, Hon. Stephen Lashley, will be among the speakers at the launch of the United Nations Development Programme Youth-IN portal, next Wednesday, at the UN headquarters in Hastings, Christ Church.

The portal ( and its affiliated Facebook page ( are reflective of the overall Youth-IN vision, which promotes the social, cultural and political involvement of young Caribbean people and invites them to literally change the world.

In the lead up to the launch, and to maximise the reach and involvement of youth from across the region, UNDP Youth-IN will host a series of interactive internet discussions entitled "Are you in or are you out? Join Youth-IN!" These discussions will feature regional pioneers and prominent exponents of art, culture, media and politics and will be streamed live on both and its Facebook page.

The very first talk on Monday 29 October at 11:00am will certainly resonate with young Caribbean people. Entitled "Young People This, Young People That: what media says about youth?" the discussion will be led by two young media leaders – Vincentian Clare Keizer, the CEO" and Editor-in-Chief of the Searchlight Newspaper and St. Lucia's Clinton Reynolds, who is the president of the Media Association of St. Lucia.

The second talk on Monday 29 October at 3:00pm, asks the bold question "Is Caribbean Politics An Old Man's Game?" and features youthful politicians who have front row seats to regional politics – President of the Barbadian Senate, the Hon. Kerryann Ifill and Minister of State in the ministry of Tourism and Entertainment in Jamaica, Hon. Damion Crawford

The final panel discussion to launch the Youth-IN portal will be held on Tuesday 30 October at 3:00pm will feature Entertainment Entrepreneur and Creative Director of Island People in Trinidad - Marlon Grant and well as internationally renowned saxophonist Auturo Tappin on the topic: "Ain't No Business Like Show Business: The Life And Trials Of A Cultural Entrepreneur".

Young people around the region will have the opportunity to join in online, ask questions and share their views as the panellists tackle some hot button issues.

Dr. Paula Hidalgo-Sanchis, UNDP's Youth-IN project coordinator said the interactive discussions tied in perfectly with the project's mission.

"We're really excited about this because Youth-IN is all about young Caribbean people being involved, being invested and being interested in their society. So what better way to get young people engaged than to seek out their opinions on the issues that affect them? It's even more exciting since our panellists embody the Youth-IN ethos because they are already deeply involved in changing their communities and their industries."