Shakiah Lewis is the People’s Choice in the VYBZING Challenge!

Providenciales, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, May 25, 2017 – The people have spoken! Shakiah Lewis is the People’s Choice winner of the 2017 VYBZING Turks and Caicos Snapchat Story Challenge. 

The 19-year-old’s submission captioned, ‘Let’s take a trip around the Caribbean and see why the Creative Industry is so important!’ captured 47.7% of the votes. Shakiah received a special prize of USD250.00.

Fans voted via the VYBZING Facebook page during the period May 12-21, 2017.

Shakiah was twice a winner, also having received the judges’ nod on May 15, 2017 to capture the second place prize of USD1,250.

People’s Choice winner, Shakiah Lewis is presented with her prize by Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson.


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Winners announced for VYBZING Snapchat Story Challenge

Providenciales, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, May 25, 2017 – The winners of the top three prizes in the Caribbean Development Bank’s (CDB) 2017 VYBZING Snapchat Story Challenge have been announced!

Cherline Dabel is the first place winner of USD1,500 in the Challenge for her submission, ‘Creatives Enterprises: A new window of opportunity!.’ Shakiah Lewis won the second prize of USD1,250 for ‘Let’s take a trip around the Caribbean’. The submission by the team of Donell Simmons and Mackxenlande Pierre, ‘Creatrix and Industria on Creative Industries in the T.C.I’, captured the third prize of USD1,000.

The winners were officially presented with their prizes at the Closing Ceremony of the Caribbean Development Bank’s 47th Annual Meeting on May 25, 2017 in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands.

Winner of the VYBZING Snapchat Story Challenge, Cherline Dabel accepts her prize from President of the Caribbean Development Bank, Dr. William Warren Smith.

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Entries close May 8, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Atlantic Standard Time

Here’s how to enter

  • Use Snapchat or Spectacles to record a Snapchat story of no more than three minutes on the topic, “Start Up and Stand Up: Creative Enterprises as the Engine of Growth for Turks and Caicos and the Region.”
  • Save your story
  • Upload your story to YouTube, Vimeo, Vine, Instagram, or Twitch.tv
  • Copy your YouTube, Vimeo, Vine, Instagram, or Twitch.tv video URL
  • Visit facebook.com/CDBVYBZING and click on the ‘2017 VYBZING Challenge’ tab
  • Complete the entry form and paste your video URL into the required field
  • Hit ‘enter’
  • Entries close May 8, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Atlantic Standard Time.

Who can enter

  • This Challenge is open to youth of Turks and Caicos Islands, ages 14 to 29.
  • One entry is allowed per individual or team.

Judging and Voting Dates

  • May 9-12, 2017: Preliminary judging
  • May 15, 2017: Final judging
  • May 12-21, 2017: People’s Choice voting


Jasmine Parker | Tel: 649-941-7471| Email: jparker@gov.tc or youthdepartment@gov.tc

Talia Dara Thomas | Tel: 649-338-4804/4805 | Email: tdthomas@gov.tc

Angela Parris | Tel: 246-431-1780 | Email: parrisa@caribank.org

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CDB’s VYBZING Programme announces 2017 Challenge for TCI Youth

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, March 15, 2017 –The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), through its youth outreach programme, VYBZING, has launched a contest for youth of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI). Young people between the ages of 14 and 29 are being invited to take part in the Snapchat Story Challenge, an interactive initiative that aims to engage youth on the topic of creative entrepreneurship. 

CDB’s 2017 VYBZING Snapchat Story Challenge is being hosted under the theme, “Start Up and Stand Up: Creative Enterprises as the Engine of Growth in Turks and Caicos and the Region.” Young Snapchatters are invited to create a three-minute video highlighting the increasing importance of the creative industries to the economic and social well-being of the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Caribbean Region.

The Challenge begins March 15, 2017 and the deadline for submissions is May 8, 2017. Entries must be submitted through the VYBZING Facebook page, www.facebook.com/CDBVYBZING. Contest rules and regulations are available at www.caribank.org/vybzing2017.

Participants in the contest have the opportunity to win prizes ranging from USD750 to USD1,500 There will also be a People’s Choice Award, based on the submission with the most votes on the VYBZING Facebook page. Online voting takes place during the period May 12-21, 2017. The highest voted Snapchatter will receive USD250. The winners will be notified by CDB on May 22, 2017 and prizes will be presented on May 25 during the Closing Ceremony of CDB’s 47th Annual Board of Governors’ Meeting.

VYBZING Coordinator, and CDB’s Information Services Unit Manager, Angela Parris commented:  “We are excited to see the submissions from the youth of TCI. The winning entries will be determined by a specially chosen judging panel, who will assess the submissions, based on a number of criteria, including message content and relevance to the theme, innovation and creativity, and originality.”

The Snapchat Story Challenge is one of the three activities, which will be held under the VYBZING Youth Outreach Programme in TCI this year.  

2017 VYBZING Turks and Caicos Islands, is being held in collaboration with the Government of Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Library Services. Departments of Education and Youth Affairs; the Centre for Entrepreneurial Development and Invest Turks and Caicos Islands.

VYBZING is the youth outreach programme through which CDB engages directly with youth on regional development issues. The Programme, part of the agenda of the Annual Meeting of the Bank’s Board of Governors, aims to inspire participants to take action to build a better Caribbean.

Read the Rules and Regulations to find out how to enter.

Go to Entry Submission.