Sunday 15 December, 2019

Youth Council empowers young entrepreneurs in Saint Lucia

The Saint Lucia National Youth Council (SLNYC) is exploring ways in which business can be used to help solve social issues, as well as helping young entrepreneurs find ways to add social impact to their businesses.

This was highlighted on Saturday (November 30) during a Social Entrepreneurship Forum hosted by the SLNYC.

The event, which was attended by young adults across the island, began with a social entrepreneurship discourse, which was hosted by the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College Debate Society; focusing on the history of social entrepreneurship, the global impact as well as the impact of technology on social enterprises.

Chief Operations Officer of Greening the Caribbean, Wayne Neale made a presentation on ‘Understanding the Process of Social Entrepreneurship’ followed by Bennet Charles of PCI Media, who presented on Financing for Social Enterprises.

The forum, which forms part of the observance of Business Month, concluded with an interactive panel discussion on the challenges of social entrepreneurship as well as the success stories.

The panel consisted of Johanan Dujon of Algas Organics, Laurah John from Jua Kali Ltd, Alison Mathurin from the SSDF, Sariah Best-Joseph of Massy Stores, Steffi Alfred and Anya Edwin of the SLNYC.

The Saint Lucia National Youth Council hailed the Forum as a success, and said it's looking forward to continued programming that will empower young entrepreneurs in Saint Lucia.

The activity was held at the Financial Administrative Center.

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