Thursday, 8 December 2016

GENERATION NOW: Stephen Edwards elected new G2K President + Aubrey Stewart named Chairman of first Youth Advisory Council

SHARP FOCUS: Back in late October, state minister Floyd Green announced that among the major initiatives for Youth Month 2016, the establishment of Jamaica's first-ever Youth Advisory Council would be top priority. Recently, in the presence of PM Andrew Holness at Jamaica House, the inaugural council was officially installed, with 16 of the country's sharpest young minds earning places. Of that lot, 23-year-old Aubrey Stewart has been tapped to serve as Chairman, and he says they're ready to make their mark on the society. "It is an inclusive agenda; young people in rural and urban spaces, young people on the street, young people in agriculture," Stewart says of their list of plans. "We have been fighting for years to advance youth interest, and we will not let our young people down. [As Chairman], I have a supportive team and support from communities, organizations and youth parliamentarians. Once we set our minds to it, the work will be done." Michelle Small Bartley participated in the selection process that whittled down the long list of applicants to the final 16. "Gone are the days when the youth have no voice," she says. "This will help us to concretize youth participation and engagement in the national decision-making process."

TAKING CHARGE: Following in the footsteps of such frontrunners as Warren Newby, Matthew Samuda and Floyd Green, Stephen Edwards (above) has been elected president of Generation 2000 (G2K), the youth arm of the ruling Jamaica Labour Party. The G2K had its annual general meeting at the party's Belmont Road headquarters on Saturday, where the young professionals installed its new executive body. Where do things stand in the G2K these days? "G2K has taken on different roles under different presidents, which is understandable because the party has been in different positions at different times," Edwards points out. "Now that the Jamaica Labour Party is in power, our mission will change. And the core of that mission is to provide solutions to the common challenges that the people face. The purpose of G2K is to bring professional politics where it is not just about tribalism; it is about providing solutions, providing what is better for Jamaica."






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