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T&T Youth Convention hopes to engage, inspire and empower youth

For Release Upon Receipt - August 23, 2016

St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago.  August 22, 2016 – The Trinidad and Tobago Youth Council in partnership with The UWI St. Augustine will host the Trinidad and Tobago Youth Convention (TTYC) at the Centre of Excellence on August 27, 2016. In keeping with its objective to Engage, Inspire and Empower youth between ages 15 and 30, the convention will feature motivational speeches and testimonials from noted persons involved in youth development and other spheres.

Nikoli Edwards, Vice Chairperson of Policy, Advocacy and Projects of the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) conceptualised and founded the event. In the words of the current UWI postgraduate student, the convention, “…is a means of bringing together youth to highlight their achievements and advances, while also acknowledging the many issues and challenges still affecting them today. We hope to capture the experiences of young people, which will be used in shaping the development of youth policies, significant to the reality of persons falling within the relevant age group in Trinidad and Tobago”.  

Representing over 1.2 billion young persons across the 53 member states of the Commonwealth, the CYC has been established to play an integral role in advancing the youth development agenda and the coordination of activities and policies of the Commonwealth in the field of youth. As the largest and most diverse youth-led organisation in the world, the Council provides a framework for youth-led development initiatives, and coordinates, harmonises and unites all youth organisations within the Commonwealth countries.

One of the main features of the event will be a Youth Expo, for attendees to access information from product and service booths ranging from business advice, to job placement agencies, recreational, sporting and lifestyle offerings, volunteerism opportunities, health and safety campaigns, as well as academic and skill building programmes. There will also be live performances by local artistes and entertainment groups. Admission is free and will provide the perfect engagement opportunity for young leaders and entrepreneurs.

For more information, interested persons can call 1-868-772-0827 or go to Trinidad and Tobago Youth Convention (TTYC) Facebook page:


About The UWI

Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. Website:


(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)