VYBZING 2015

2015 VYBZING Forum Training Evaluation Report

Published: 16th October, 2015

The 2015 VYBZING Youth Forum on the topic, “Promoting Creative Entrepreneurship,” attracted young persons with backgrounds in a wide range of areas in the arts and cultural landscape of St. Kitts and Nevis.

VYBZING 2015 arts representation

The training evaluation report prepared by facilitators, UWI Consulting, highlighted some key findings from the three-day workshop including a desire by 83 per cent of the participants to receive further training. Management, Small Business Management, Strategic Management, Time Management, Marketing/ Promotion and Sales were identified as key areas of interest.

Read the full report.


Mervil Nisbett is the People’s Queen!

Published: 21st May, 2015

 

Mervil Nisbett is the winner of the People’s Choice award in this year’s VYBZING Spoken Word Challenge. Mervil’s Challenge submission received 292 votes during the online voting facilitated via the VYBZING Facebook page. Congratulations Mervil!

Mervil Nisbett VYBZING PC Winner


 

 VYBZING Youth Forum participants showcase their talents

Published: 15th May, 2015

 

Creative youth from St. Kitts and Nevis are unleashing their creative thinking skills at the VYBZING Youth Forum through hands-on experiences.

Participants were placed in groups of five and engaged in a practical session where they had to build blocks of creative entrepreneurship.

Key Facilitator, Dr. Jo-anne Tull outlined the scope of the foundations of creative entrepreneurship. “This activity introduced participants to the key terms and related concepts that are foundational to the operation of any business enterprise,” she stated, adding, “Participants were encouraged to define the key concept of entrepreneurship for themselves, and were introduced to the importance of strategic communications for creative enterprises.”

Dancer, Tricia Greaux, shared her views on the forum. “This forum will refine my entrepreneurial skills especially regarding marketing output for my dance group,” she said. “Through this medium, I am gaining assistance with packaging my creative product.”

Stephan Joseph, a digital media and communications enthusiast shared similar sentiments. “The forum is very informative and interactive,” he stated. “It’s giving us practical insight to situations that we can relate to, which helps me to streamline my own idea into a manageable and accomplishable goal.”

Tricia encouraged persons who have talents hidden to get out there and showcase them. “Try! Try! Try! Don’t be afraid to fail, use it as a learning opportunity that will lead you to success,” she stressed. “Be passionate about what you are doing. Passion ignites the fire within you to succeed.”

Stephan also encouraged individuals to get out there and take a risk and praised the facilitators for hosting forums such as this one that helps them to iron out the kinks.

Fellow participants, culinary artist, Anastasha Elliot and business owner, Garth Archibald also shared their views on the Forum.

The sessions will conclude today, Friday May, 15 with a dynamic group presentation where they will conceptually design a creative-based project that they can realistically execute over the next nine months. The winning group will see each member walking away with a prize of USD100.

VYBZING is organised by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) in collaboration with the Department of Youth.

VYBZING15 Tricia Greaux_Stephan JosephCAPTION: Participants in the VYBZING Youth Forum, Dancer, Tricia Greaux, and Stephan Joseph, a digital media and communications have described the Forum as educational.

 


CDB Promoting Creative Entrepreneurship among St. Kitts and Nevis Youth

Published: 11th May, 2015

 

Young men and women from across St. Kitts and Nevis will be exposed to the business opportunities in the creative industries as part of the Caribbean Development Bank’s (CDB) Youth VYBZING Outreach Programme.

The exposure will take place at a workshop entitled ‘Promoting Creative Entrepreneurship,’ which will be held at the Ocean Terrace Inn from May 13 – 15, 2015. More than 30 participants between the ages of 18 – 35 are expected to attend.

During the interactive three-day session, participants will receive introductory management training that would allow for effective development and planning of creative business projects. The goal of the initiative is also to contribute to the development of a cadre of cultural workers and cultural management professionals in St. Kitts and Nevis. The sessions will include: business management; strategic planning and management; strategic marketing and entrepreneurship. They will have an opportunity to develop a knowledge base in these areas, and apply that knowledge to develop and possibly implement a small yet impactful project idea working in teams.

The VYBZING Forum is being conducted in collaboration with the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis’ Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture’s Department of Youth Empowerment, and will be facilitated by UWI Consulting. UWI Consulting is a subsidiary of the University of the West Indies (UWI) tasked with helping to unlock the development potential of the people and institutions in the Caribbean Region by providing professional advice and capacity building services.

Annually, CDB hosts a youth forum in one of its member countries, to address a key youth development concern via its Youth VYBZING Outreach Programme. The programme is a platform for youth engagement with emphasis on youth empowerment and participation in the development process.

The Forum is one of the pre-activities surrounding the Bank’s 45th Annual Meeting of its Board of Governors in St. Kitts and Nevis on May 20 and 21, 2015. Participants in the VYBZING Forum will also make a presentation to CDB’s Board of Governors at the closing ceremony for the Annual Meeting on May 21, 2015 at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort.


 Martin and Galloway capture top prizes in 2015 VYBZING Challenge

Published: 11th May, 2015

 

After a keenly contested final, 27-year-old Quinn Martin and 30-year-old Richard James Galloway have emerged winners in the 16-29 and 30-35 age categories, respectively, of the VYBZING St. Kitts and Nevis Spoken Word Challenge hosted by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). The Final took place on May 8, 2015 at Sweet Lime, Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis.

Martin’s piece titled, ‘From the ‘Eart’ got the judges’ nod ahead of second place finisher, 21-year-old, Wricherley Gumbs’ ‘Potential and these Inhibitions’ and ‘Naked Truth’ by third place winner, 19-year-old Jonelle Irish. The winning performance by Galloway in the 30-35 age group was titled, ‘Message from the Future.’ Both Martin and Galloway received USD1000 each, Gumbs USD750 and Irish USD500.

Describing the VYBZING Spoken Word Challenge as a “worthwhile and necessary initiative to revitalise and promote the poetic abilities of the youth of St. Kitts and Nevis,” Martin, a Basseterre resident said that for him, the challenge was a “platform to test my own creative abilities, as well as afford me the chance to influence and encourage others who may be artistically inclined, but otherwise lacking impetus to express themselves poetically.”

‘From the Eart’ was one of three pieces written by Martin for the Challenge. “From the ‘Eart was written in approximately two days. It was the last of three pieces that I had written for the contest, after being indecisive and not fully satisfied with the first two… The overall composition process was exciting as I regularly added and omitted sections in order to ensure that it directly addressed the topic. As new ideas came to me I would scribble them on paper while at work, only to add them to my piece when I was able to,” he said.

“I am elated and proud to have contributed to the realization of this worthwhile initiative and to have been adjudged the winner of this year’s competition. I was very impressed by the calibre of talent that was exhibited by all of the participants at this year’s spoken word contest. I believed that I had done an exceptional job and had executed my piece precisely as I had intended to, but I was unsure of who would have taken the title after we had all performed. Everybody’s piece was unique, well put together and captured the audience’s attention to a great degree,” Martin stated.

A fellow Basseterre resident, Richard James Galloway is no stranger to the spoken word stage, having competed as recently as March in a local poetry slam. “I have been writing poetic pieces for a long time but starting performing spoken word elements five years ago. My very first performance was at Sunshine’s Beach Bar in Nevis at an event featuring Ms. Culturama contestants.”

Stating that he was confident about his chances from the first time he saw the VYBZING Challenge poster, Galloway said ideas for ‘Message From the Future’ were bouncing around in his head for a few weeks before he put pen to paper to create the final piece in four days.

For Gumbs, the VYBZING Challenge presented an avenue to share his personal experiences, “I have always possessed a strong passion for creative arts. As a young entrepreneur whose business is centered on educating the youth, the Challenge sparked my interest. My team partner Javan Nisbett and I, explored the topic for several days… [and] over the course of two weeks, we were able to produce the final piece after long nights of intensive preparations assuring the quality and creativity of our piece.”

Anticipation of a “dynamic competition,” was the impetus for Jonelle Irish’s entry to the Challenge. Revealing that her piece ‘Naked Truth’ was created in less than 30 minutes with a few days of editing, Irish said she has been writing since the third grade. “I have always been a lover of poetry and no doubt that when poetry gave birth to a different form of itself, I would love that too…” Noting that she performs quite often, Irish said she plans to continue to invest in her art and growth as a performer, meshing her craft with motivational speaking to use her words to help others.

The other finalists in the Challenge were: Mervil Nisbett, Sanjay Caines, Seymona Hutton, Jihan Williams, Kadeise Hendrickson, Creus Richardson and Karisa Willett.

CDB’s Information Services Manager and Coordinator of the VYBZING Programme, Angela Parris congratulated all the participants on their outstanding performances, “All of the performers brought their ‘A game’ and we were extremely pleased with the quality of the pieces and the performances. We encourage everyone to go online to our VYBZING Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/CDBVYBZING to vote for their favourite performance. The People’s Choice prize of USD250 will be awarded to the performer whose video receives the most ‘likes.’ Voting opens Tuesday, May 12 and closes May 17, 2015.

Focusing on the topic, “Creative Industries and Youth: Unleashing Potential and Growth,” residents of St. Kitts and Nevis ages 16-35, were tasked with using the spoken word art form to share their vision of the Caribbean in 2040, identifying challenges to be overcome and recommending solutions to promote the potential of the Region’s creative industries.

VYBZING is the Caribbean Development Bank’s primary vehicle for youth engagement and its main activities occur just ahead of the Bank’s Annual Board of Governors’ Meetings which will this year be held in St. Kitts and Nevis on May 20 and 21. The Spoken Word Challenge is just one of the four activities held under the VYBZING programme. The others include a youth workshop, youth forum and youth presentation.

2015 VYBZING St. Kitts and Nevis is in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture’s Department of Youth Empowerment.

 VYBZING Challenge winners


VYBZING Issues Spoken Word Challenge to St. Kitts and Nevis’ Youth

Revised: 16th April 2015

Young adults across St. Kitts and Nevis are being encouraged to put pen to paper and share their vision for youth in the creative industry in this year’s VYBZING Spoken Word Challenge hosted by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).

Focusing on the topic, “Creative Industries and Youth: Unleashing Potential and Growth,” residents of St. Kitts and Nevis ages 16-35, have been tasked with using the spoken word art form to share their vision of the Caribbean in 2040, identifying challenges to be overcome and recommending solutions to promote the potential of the Region’s creative industries.

Entrants for the Challenge will perform their spoken word pieces live on May 6 – 7, 2015. The top 10 in the 16-29 age category and top five in the 30-35 age category advance to the VYBZING Spoken Word Challenge Finals on May 8, 2015. Both events take place at Sweet Lime, Basseterre.

Prizes ranging from USD500 to USD1000 will be presented for first to third place in the 16-29 age category, and USD1000 for first place in the 30-35 age category.

The Challenge also features a People’s Choice component with a special prize of USD250 awarded to the submission with the most ‘likes’ on the VYBZING Facebook page, www.cdbvybzing.org/facebook.

VYBZING is the Caribbean Development Bank’s primary vehicle for youth engagement. The Spoken Word Challenge is just one of the four activities held under the VYBZING programme. The others include a youth workshop, youth forum and youth presentation.

2015 VYBZING St. Kitts and Nevis is in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture’s Department of Youth Empowerment.

Interested persons are asked to visit VYBZING Facebook page, www.cdbvybzing.org/facebook for full details.