Caribbean Youth Think Tank concludes strategic retreat in Barbados

Nov 7, 2013

7 November, Bridgetown. Fourteen dynamic youth leaders from the Caribbean Youth Think Tank (CYTT) gathered from across CARICOM at the United Nations House–Barbados for a strategic reflection exercise on “Youth as the Heart of Development.”

Established in May 2012, the CYTT describes itself as a grassroots think tank with a difference. “The CYTT is at the heart of youth participation,” according to one of the founding members, Crystal Alexander, “and strives to make the voice of youth stronger throughout the region.” At present, the CYTT is actively engaged in encouraging entrepreneurship among regional youth through its arts and volunteerism platforms.

From 30th October until 1st November, 2013, the exercise covered a range of focal areas, such as promoting youth networks and programmes; enlarging the CYTT’s social media footprint; increasing dialogue between members and Caribbean policymakers; engaging youth leaders, partners and donors; and increasing the effectiveness of communication channels on policy formation.

The retreat afforded the Caribbean Youth Think Tank to define their strategic areas of focus: unemployment, education, citizen security and youth participation.  The focus of the CYTT interventions  will be to develop and formulate alternative policy suggestions reflecting the interests and concerns of young people in the Caribbean and support “action research” to address those challenges promoting their inclusion in the local, national and regional political agendas.

The CYTT members concluded the strategic reflection exercise with a recommitment to creatively amplify the voices of young persons in the region and work together to collaborate on areas of major concern for youth. To find out more, please visit:

For further information regarding the Youth-Innovation Project, please contact Ms. Janine Chase, Project Manager,, and to learn more about the work of the Caribbean Youth Think Tank, contact, Ms. Shari Pollard, Media Relations,

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