VYBZING 2018

Bootcamp, Challenge for youth of Grenada end on high note

  • 28 May 2018

On Friday, May 25, the Government of Grenada and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) celebrated 33 young people for their participation in a programme that has put the benefits of climate-smart agriculture in the spotlight.

During a ceremony held at the Kalinago Resort, three young people were awarded the top prizes in the VYBZING Grenada Music Video Challenge, hosted by CDB in partnership with the Ministries of Education, Youth Development, Sports, Culture and the Arts.  Lyndon Pope, 27; Brandon Brathwaite, 20; and Jhavaughn Gludd, 17 won third, second and first spots respectively for their music videos, which creatively explored how climate-smart agriculture can secure a sustainable future for Grenada. The winners received prizes, ranging from USD1,250 to 2,000, presented by Hon. Kate Lewis, Minister within the Ministry of Youth Development, Sports, Culture and the Arts, and Mr. Volville Forsythe, Assistant Bank Secretary, CDB.

L to R: Jhavaughn Gludd, first-prize winner; Volville Forsythe, Assistant Bank Secretary, CDB; Hon. Kate Lewis, Minister within the Ministry of Youth Development, Sports, Culture and the Arts; Brandon Brathwaite, second-prize winner and Lyndon Pope, third-prize winner at the VYBZING Closing Ceremony.

In addition, thirty young people received certificates for successfully completing the VYBZING Grenada Bootcamp. The Bootcamp was held under the theme, “Climate Action Today = Food for Tomorrow,” and ran from May 23 to 25. It concluded with the participants presenting their potential business ideas to expert judges. The winning team, which presented their pitch under the team name “Aqua-Refine”, shared ideas for reviving the agriculture and fisheries industry in Grenada. The group proposed an aquarium structure, which would hold both fresh- and salt-water fish. It would serve a three-part need by creating food, preserving marine life, and providing a tourism attraction, they noted.

Team Aqua-Refine, with facilitator Tamara Gibson (first from right) after they were announced winners of the VYBZING Bootcamp pitch contest on May 25, 2018.

Mr. Kevin Andall, Permanent Secretary (Acting) in the Ministry of Youth Development, Sports, Culture and the Arts, delivered remarks during the Closing Ceremony.

“When you leave here, you are supposed to be a change agent,” he challenged the young participants and winners. “It’s not about making money at the risk of the future or damaging our environment,” he added. “You are the ones who are supposed to spread the message out there that we can produce and we can create wealth but we can do it responsibly.”

In March, the Challenge opened to legal residents of Grenada between the ages of 16 and 29. Eligible participants were invited to create a three-minute video on the theme, “Climate Action Today = Food for Tomorrow”. Through this medium, entrants shared their ideas for making agriculture more resilient to the impacts of climate change, and for improving food security across communities in Grenada. 

The Music Video Challenge and Bootcamp were held under the VYBZING Youth Outreach Programme in Grenada this year.  The Programme, part of the agenda for the Annual Meeting of CDB’s Board of Governors, aims to inspire participants to take action to build a better Caribbean.

 


2018 VYBZING Grenada Bootcamp Photos

Closing Ceremony

Day 3

Day 2

Day 1


2018 VYBZING Grenada Music Video Challenge Winners

  • 25 May 2018

The winning entries in the 2018 VYBZING Grenada Music Video Challenge. The contest encouraged Grenadians between the ages of 16 and 29, to creatively explore how climate-smart agriculture can secure a sustainable future for Grenada, under the theme, Climate Action Today = Food for Tomorrow.


In Grenada, Bootcamp kicks off for future leaders in agriculture

  • 24 May 2018

Thirty young people from Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique are participating in a three-day bootcamp, designed to position them to be pioneers in climate-smart agriculture. The youth participants, who are between the ages of 18 and 35 years old, are the newest cohort in the Caribbean Development Bank’s Vybzing Youth Outreach Programme, which is being held under the theme, “Climate Action Today = Food for Tomorrow.” It began on May 23 and will run until May 25 at the Kalinago Beach Resort in St. George’s, Grenada.

Yvette Lemonias Seale, Vice-President (Corporate Services) and Bank Secretary’s Unit, CDB delivers remarks during the Opening Ceremony of the Vybzing Grenada Bootcamp on May 23, 2018.

“We need to adopt climate-smart agriculture practices and technologies. This is globally regarded as being essential to efforts aimed at supporting vulnerable communities and youth in mitigating and adapting to climate change,” said Yvette Lemonias Seale, Vice-President (Corporate Services) and Bank Secretary’s Unit, Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), while addressing attendees at the Opening Ceremony.

“I am extremely pleased with this Vybzing Grenada Bootcamp. It is timely, relevant, commercially useful, extremely practical and most of all—exciting,” she added.

The Hon. Kate Lewis, Minister within the Ministry of Youth Development, Sports, Culture and the Arts, Grenada, thanked CDB and the youth for playing a role in building a more climate-smart agriculture sector in Grenada during the event.

The Hon. Kate Lewis, Minister within the Ministry of Youth Development, Sports, Culture and the Arts, Grenada, also delivered remarks at the event.

“I take this opportunity to express my deepest gratitude to the Caribbean Development Bank for giving our young people the opportunity to have their say as we build a more climate-smart agricultural sector. [A] special thank you also to you the participants for accepting this challenge, accepting this opportunity to discuss the issues and challenges facing you in the agricultural sector,” she told the youth.

L to R: Dr. Malachy Dottin, Director of Research, Ministry of Agriculture and Lands; Yvette Lemonias Seale, Vice-President (Corporate Services) and Bank Secretary’s Unit; Hon. Kate Lewis, Minister within the Ministry of Youth Development, Sports, Culture and the Arts; Prof. Leonard O’Garro, Director of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Centre for Food Security and Entrepreneurship; and Angela Parris, Consultant, CDB.

Dr. Malachy Dottin, Director of Research, Ministry of Agriculture and Lands, encouraged participants to take responsibility for climate action in their daily lives.

“Tell us about your actions to combat climate change by using your social networks. Buy only what you need. It is crucial,” he said. “Limit plastic, recycle paper, glass and aluminium […] Love your leftovers,” the professor told participants in an interactive address.

A team from the University of the West Indies’ Centre for Food Security and Entrepreneurship is facilitating the Bootcamp.

Since 2002, more than 800 young people from across the Bank’s Borrowing Member Countries have participated in the Vybzing Youth Outreach Programme. Themes addressed in the fora include information communication technologies for development, citizen security, creative entrepreneurship, regional economic development, and road safety.

The Programme, part of the agenda for the Annual Meeting of the Bank’s Board of Governors, aims to inspire participants to take action to build a better Caribbean.


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CDB announces 2018 Challenge for youth of Grenada

  • 21 Mar 2018

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), through, VYBZING, has launched a contest to encourage young people to creatively explore how climate-smart agriculture can secure a sustainable future for Grenada.

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

Legal residents of Grenada between the ages of 16 and 29 are eligible to enter the 2018 VYBZING Music Video Challenge, for which the theme is Climate Action Today = Food for Tomorrow. Through a three-minute video, youth will spotlight their ideas for making agriculture more resilient to the impacts of climate change, and for improving food security across communities in Grenada. Participants in the contest have the opportunity to win prizes ranging from USD1,250 to USD2,000, and a People’s Choice Award of USD250.

CDB’s Vice-President (Corporate Services) and Bank Secretary, Yvette Lemonias Seale, commented:  “CDB is pleased to launch VYBZING in Grenada, and to engage with the youth on the topic of climate-smart agriculture. I challenge them to “think outside the box” and come up with innovative solutions for a climate-smart agriculture sector. I also look forward to seeing the creative ways in which they will use technology to showcase these novel ideas for increasing productivity and production in the agriculture sector; boosting economic growth and reducing rural poverty in Grenada.”

The Challenge will be open until May 11, 2018, and is being run in partnership with the Ministries of Education, and Youth Development, Sports, Culture and the Arts. Participants are invited to submit entries through the VYBZING Facebook page, www.facebook.com/CDBVYBZING. Contest rules and regulations are also available on the page.

The Music Video Challenge is one of two activities, which will be held under the VYBZING Youth Outreach Programme in Grenada this year.  The other, a Workshop, will take place from May 22 to 25, 2018.