Introducing Lakeyia, Jenella, and Marva
Each week we are introducing you to the 2018 Queen’s Young Leaders, sharing their stories and celebrating the incredible work that they are doing in their communities. Take a look at last weeks post featuring Aditya Mohan, Ishita Aggarwale, and Midia Shikh Hassan.
This week we are getting to know Lakeyia Joseph, Jenella Edwards, and Marva Langevine.
Lakeyia from Dominica
While still at school, she established a charity called Golden Opportunities which donates clothes, shoes and school supplies to children from low-income families. To date, the organisation has distributed over $10,000 worth of supplies to children and young adults. Lakeyia is now working to establish the Golden Empowerment Foundation, which seeks to motivate young people through education, sport and training, and promote greater understanding of gender equality.
In 2017, the High Commissioner of Canada in Barbados named her Dominica’s Youth Champion and Ambassador for Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality.
Jenella from Grenada
Being aware of the difficulties faced by young people to further their education, Jenella founded the HEON (Help Educate Our Nation) Project in 2015 to provide disadvantaged students with full scholarships to attend either college or a recognised skills centre. The project raises funds by hosting an annual dinner, and by selling promotional items such as t-shirts, bags and stickers as well as sourcing sponsorship from local businesses. Before establishing the HEON Project, Jenella was the President of the River Sallee Youth Alliance, which aims to foster a strong community spirit through after-school programmes, activity weeks and clean-up campaigns.
Jenella is now expanding the HEON Project to attract more supporters and help even more students to receive a quality education.
“I am truly honoured and humbled to be recognised for the work we have been doing in Grenada. I am grateful to have been chosen to receive such a prestigious Award and to raise awareness of the project in Grenada in the hope of providing more opportunities to more young people.”
Marva from Guyana
She is the founder of the Guyana Golden Lives Organization, which she has used to open up a national conversation about the loss of a loved one in childhood. The organisation provides financial and psycho-social support services for bereaved children, job opportunities for widows, and food hampers and building materials for low income families. In the future, Marva hopes to hold ‘grief in the classroom’ workshops for teachers and community outreach initiatives on bereavement. Marva has also created Camp Golden, a camp for bereaved young people, which provides counselling, food, shelter and educational opportunities.
In addition, Marva is a founding member of Den-Amstel Dynamic Network, a youth group focused on restoring the cultural art forms for which her home village of Den-Amstel was once famous.
“I found my purpose and I received the courage to give hope to those who needed it. What started as ice-cream dates and hugs for two toddlers after their mother died, has grown into an organisation dedicated to supporting bereaved children as they cope, grow and succeed.”