St Lucia youth group prepares for Global Youth Service Day
SOUFRIERE, St Lucia — A small group of fifteen committed youth in St Lucia, meeting for well over half a year, are working actively towards the goal of a better Soufriere. The name of this ambitious group is called “ICAN” – short for I Can Change a Nation. ICAN in collaboration with RISE (St Lucia) Ltd, Commonwealth Youth for Positive Living (CYPL), the Soufriere Soup Kitchen and the Soufriere Foundation are currently undertaking a project to assist the underprivileged persons in the community.
Yannis Alexander presenting check from the Soufriere Foundation to RISE Co-Founder, Dr Jacqueline Bird with youth leaders from Soufriere
“We are trying to lift up the homeless by inspiring them through change and hope. I want to make a difference by setting an example for other youth in Soufriere,” states Yannis Alexander (14), a member of ICAN.
This project was put together in observance of Global Youth Service Day, which will be held on Saturday, 25 April. The day is one in which the youth from around the world find some way to give back to their communities.
The youth seek to educate the public about mental illness and reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness, homelessness, and poverty.
Soufriere’s Global Youth Service Day Project seeks to provide clothing, toiletry packs and a nutritious meal to close to fifty persons, some of whom regularly receive help from the Soufriere Soup Kitchen. ICAN is hoping that generous community members will contribute willing to this venture.
This project would not be possible without the assistance of the Soufriere Foundation, RISE (St Lucia), Ltd., the Soufriere Soup Kitchen, and members of the community.