The Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) is a non-profit, civil society, and charitable body that is youth based and focuses primarily on issues related to the environment and youth in the Caribbean region. They focus on empowering young people and their communities through education and encouragement for the voice of the youth in matters such as the environment. The work of those included in the CYEN started since the early 1900’s. The vision they are set on is to create an appropriate opportunity to participate in the design development, implementation and promotion of progressive and substantial programs across the wider region of the Caribbean.
The organization was developed to make a positive impact on the environment by youth ages 15-29 participating in these activities. It’s known to be, without a doubt, the largest youth environment group in the Caribbean. As of July 31st, 2006, the CYEN included 29 organizational members and 264 individual members across the Caribbean. These include Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Dominican Republic, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. This goes to show just how accomplished this group is.
They have proud partners and supporters around the Caribbean, and some in the United States. These groups supporting them understand the CYEN organization and want to support and be a part of it to help them meet their goals. Some of their Nation Work Plans for 2011 was to get more members across Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Cuba, St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago. They also had projects for acting on climate change, marine debris and litter, and water sanitation.
Over the next five years the CYEN will be concentrating on the youth’s education towards climate change and the impact of natural hazards, potable water conservation and waste management, sustainable agriculture and land management, solid waste management, and natural resources management. They also will be working on:
- Promoting youth entrepreneurship projects in the area of solid waste recycling and reusing, mainly in the area of electronic waste
- Setting up demonstration projects focusing on youth involvement in sustainable livelihoods as a tool for managing natural resources
- Building the managerial capacity of youth organization and the personal development of individual youth by harnessing the skills of retired volunteers
- Formulation and development of the Youth Green Fund.
This group focuses on the environment, the education of youth, and the understanding of the impacts people have on the environment. The group is also attentive to ways in which it can help to make sure the environment stays healthy and clean for current and future existence of mankind.
They are hardworking individuals and have a lot of help and support throughout all their work. Their motto is “Unity, Strength, Purpose,” and that’s exactly what they are achieving. Tina Marie Person (TCC)