Jamaica Diaspora Day Live Online-Youth Leadership

Youth Leadership Session

This panel discussion will highlight the efforts of Youth leaders across the Caribbean region. Learn about the Caribbean Tree Planting Project, the Kingston Shapers, the Caribbean Youth Environment Network, and Youth Policy Advocacy and Leadership Task Force. Here are four opportunities for youth to participate in building their communities.

Speaker Bios

Stephen Snider was born and raised in Jamaica and moved to the US for college to study Economics and Statistics. He then moved to Boston to work in corporate banking and loves his second home. In the summer of 2018, he quit his job to start a Masters in Development Practices at Harvard. He believes in the power of sustainable finance to drive real change and make the world a better place. Most recently Stephen has been working for sustainable investing startups, empowering investors to consider the environment and society in their investment decisions. Connect with him on Instagram as he shares what he is learning: https://www.instagram.com/sustainabilityaroundtheglobe. Stephen is the co-chair of the Environment and Climate Resilience Taskforce

Danielle Thompson-Britton is the founder and managing director of Nature My Therapy and Voodles Jamaica, two organic vegan disruptors in Jamaica. Which she founded after graduating from The Caribbean School of Architecture, Jamaica W.I. Danielle is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers community- the Kingston Hub and a Branson Blue Economy Caribbean Entrepreneur as well as a recipient of the Cherie Blair Foundation Women in Business Mentorship Programme.


Chaz Garraway is a commercial pilot and senior engineering student at Dalhousie University. Recently, he has gained the title of Chair of the Youth Outreach Committee of the Caribbean Philanthropic Alliance and participated in a panel at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York in September 2019 discussing sustainable development and the pathway to achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in the Caribbean.  In January 2020, Chaz organized, hosted, and led ‘The Sustainable Lifestyle’ in The Bahamas, an event that educated, entertained, and inspired over 200 Bahamians about sustainability and how it can be used to combat Climate Change.

Amanda McKenzie has over ten years of experience in the development and implementation of Science, Technology & Innovation Educational Programmes, Entrepreneurship, and Project Management. She is a graduate of the University of the West Indies (Mona), where she completed a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and a Master of Science in Natural Resource Management. Ms. McKenzie is a Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility Scholar and has also earned a Certificate in Financial Securities Management and Project Management from The University of the Commonwealth Caribbean.

Scherie Murray was born in Jamaica, West Indies and came to New York City with her family when she was only nine years old. Growing up in Queens, Scherie learned early on about the importance of hard work, the value of a good education, and the strength of a united community Scherie is a CUNY alumna where she was the senior editor for the college newspaper, The New Tech Times, and graduated with degrees in the field of Micro Computer Business Systems and Broadcast Journalism. In 2004, Scherie, a young entrepreneur, founded The Esemel Group Inc. (TEG); a Television Production and Advertising Company with a mission to create jobs in the New York City Tri-State area for minorities in media. Her work with TEG opened the doors for many minorities in her community. She is the Chair of the Youth Policy Advocacy and Leadership Taskforce.

Born and raised in Jamaica, Rhody-Ann THORPE is a young academic in France, specializing in Education Policy and Higher Education Development. As founder of Languesol International a Jamaica-based Language travel agency, Rhody-Ann is passionate about creating opportunities for all to travel and to master foreign languages; as well as promoting Jamaica as a language travel destination. Rhody-Ann also serves as Vice-President on the Executive Board of the Association of Jamaican Nationals in France.

Published by Jamaica Diaspora Taskforce Action Network - JDTAN

Jamaica Diaspora Taskforce Action Network - JDTAN

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