Volunteer in the Peace Corps, Connie Howard, who leads the initiative, said that almost 100 nominations were received from parents, teachers, youth activists and other members of the general public who openly commended the youth for their positive impact in their respective communities.
Ms. Howard stated “I was happily surprised, in response to the number of nominations that were submitted for consideration. What it showed me is that the programme couldn’t have come at a better time for the country and the kids. Young people deserve recognition for their determination, courage, passion and hard work. It’s essential for healthy development to make children feel that what they do matters and this programme recognizes effort and commitment which in turn helps young people stay connected to their schools and their communities.”
All nominees were interviewed late June and evaluated on established criteria which took into consideration leadership, responsibility, character and accomplishment within and outside of the category in which they were nominated.
A select number of persons were then interviewed again in preparation for the inaugural presentation of awards for the 25 Most Remarkable Teens in St. Kitts. Director of Youth Empowerment Geoffrey Hanley indicated that the selected nominees will be honoured during this year’s National Youth Month celebrations scheduled in November.
The awards will be given out at a ceremony specifically planned to identify the exceptional young people. Members of Parliament are expected to have an active role in showing support and encouragement to the positive youths.