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Tobago Youth Assembly to convene first sitting

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Tobago’s duly-elected Youth Assemblymen will meet on Thursday April 22, 2021 to begin the crucial work of advocating for the island’s young people at a policy level. The sitting will begin at 1:30pm at the Assembly Chamber in Scarborough and several members are expected to address the chamber.

The Tobago Youth Assembly (TYA) is the product of a collaboration between the Division of Sport and Youth Affairs and the Assembly Legislature in partnership with the Tobago Youth Council. The current Youth Assembly was elected by young people across the island in November 2020 to serve for a period of one year. Participants were sworn in during an inauguration ceremony on December 4, 2020. The Assembly’s main purpose is to expose youth to training and experience in matters of governance, policy and decision-making at Tobago’s highest level. The platform will also give participants the opportunity to act as a voice for their peers on a number of issues affecting their growth and development.

The TYA’s structure is intended to mirror the composition of the Tobago House of Assembly. It is comprised of 12 Assemblymen, four Councillors and a fully functional Secretariat. Members include Youth Assemblymen: Jasher De Gannes (Canaan/Bon Accord), Kayleigh Lewis (Bacolet/Mt. St. George) and Daniel Wilson (Bethel/Mt. Irvine). Wilson will also serve as the Youth Leader of Assembly Business. Meanwhile Renelle Rennie, Ledel Jeffers, Khalan Pitt and Mahkees Henry will function as Councillors. All Covid-19 protocols will be adhered to during the sitting which will be streamed live on the Assembly Legislature’s Facebook page.