S.K.N.Y.P.A Officially declares our MEMBERSHIP DRIVE OPEN.
Yes , we are opening our doors for new members between the ages of 12 -30 years!!!
APPLICATION FORMS CAN BE DOWNLOADED FROM:
DEADLINE- TUESDAY 30TH APRIL 2013.
Please note: Application forms may be hand delivered to the SKNYPA Secretariat on Church Street Basseterre on Thursdays from 6pm - 8pm or can be submitted to [email protected].
SKNYPA LAUNCHES A MEMBERSHIP DRIVE
SKNYPA is a strong and robust youth organization which aims to provide an avenue for the nation’s youth to become actively involved in nation building, volunteerism and policy making with regards to national issues.
The Organization which was officially launched on September 13th 2001 has been in existence for twelve (12) years. During its tenure, it has tackled issues surrounding tourism, education, climate change, electoral matters, national security and health.
Moreover, some of the notable pieces of legislation debated by members of the Organization include the Vehicle and Road Traffic Bill proposing mandatory seatbelts while driving in 1999, the Criminal Law Amendment Bill proposing firmer penalties for sexual offences against children in 2000 and Integrity in Public Life Bill in 2008.
Over the years, the Association has broadened its horizons and extended its line of work to include the hosting of the Desmond Eli Ward Primary School Debate Competition-Founded by SKNYPA, hosting Community Fun Nights with primary school-aged children dubbed COMCENTAPLAY and volunteering with the Turtle Monitoring Association. SKNYPA also hosted the recently concluded Digital Photo Contest which was held in collaboration with the Brimstone Hill History and Heritage Society.
As is evident, SKNYPA offers the youth unique opportunities to participate in a healthy mixture of activities such as those listed above as well as receive necessary training in parliamentary procedures, leadership skills, event planning and management.
To this end; the organization officially opens its doors to new members from the age of 12 – 30 years. Applications may be retrieved from members of SKNYPA, the Ministry of Youth Empowerment or downloaded from the ‘Dropbox Link’ posted both on the SKNYPA Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/sknypassociation and website – www.sknypa.webs.com. Application forms may be hand delivered to the SKNYPA Secretariat on Church Street Basseterre on Thursdays from 6pm - 8pm or can be submitted to [email protected].
The membership drive will close on Tuesday 30th April, 2013. For more information visit our Facebook page or send us an e-mail at [email protected].
Public Relations Officer
HERE ARE OUR WINNERS FROM THE DIGITAL PHOTO CONTEST!
FIRST PLACE: Dionte Foster (Winner of Kindle)
SECOND PLACE: Jahmal Watts
THIRD PLACE: Kizzyann Warner
FOURTH PLACE: Tia Warner
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL! Info on collection on prizes will be forthcoming! Share and Tag the winners!
SKNYPA CELEBRATES 11TH ANNIVERSARY
September 13 marks eleven (11) years of existence of The St. Kitts National Youth Parliament Association (SKNYPA). The organization celebrates its anniversary with various activities, under the theme ‘Strength, Standards, Sustainability, 11 Years of Success.’
Commenting on the Anniversary celebrations, Public Relations Officer (PRO) Azuree Liburd noted that, as the members take time to reflect on SKNYPA, it’s past and most recent accomplishments, it is important that the founding fathers, Mr. Geoffrey Hanley and the late Mr. Desmond Eli Ward be recognized. Eleven years ago, these founding fathers worked tremendously hard to develop an organization of such calibre and for that they ought to be commended.
As part of this year’s anniversary celebrations, SKNYPA plans to honour the memory of Mr Desmond E. Ward during a wreath laying ceremony. Other activities planned include a Church service and a Primary School Debating competition.
SKNYPA, known for its insightful Mock Parliamentary Debates and its hosting of COMCENTAPLAY, a community based event where children are invited to play traditional games at local Community Centres, became the first Youth Parliament Association in the region to allow Primary School students to debate in the National House of Assembly.
Newly elected President Nezrene Roberts, in her address commenting on this year’s anniversary, said “Fuelled by the successes of the past, we are happy to be celebrating our 11th anniversary, energised and ready for the tasks that lie ahead. We anticipate this year will be one of new challenges and obstacles, even as we remain open to embrace the attendant opportunities.”
In making reference to the theme for this year’s International Day of Youth –‘Building a Better World: Partnering with Youth’, Ms Roberts continued “As we reflect on this theme, we are reminded of the importance of working alongside the youth of the Federation in supporting their growth and development towards the building of a better world.”
Ms Roberts also shared words of encouragement for the youth. She urged them to be willing to grow, and to think outside the box. She stated “Do not allow yourselves to be discouraged or dissuaded by anyone who tells you that ‘you cannot’ without giving serious thought to the possibilities for achievements and success. Be optimistic! Be Positive! Strive to maintain high standards and you will be the leaders that the world wants to see.”
The Association extends profound gratitude to the federation of St Kitts and Nevis as well as its various partners, whether it is organizations or individuals who have contributed to its success.
This year, 13th September 2012, ST.KITTS NATIONAL YOUTH PARLIAMENT ASSOCIATION (SKNYPA) celebrates our 11th Anniversary under the theme “STRENGTH, STANDARDS, SUSTAINABILITY, 11 YEARS OF SUCCESS.”
As we celebrate, remembering all our past achievements and struggles, SKNYPA strives to continue to be the voice of the youth.
Fuelled by the successes of the past, we are happy to be celebrating our 11th anniversary energised and ready for the tasks that lie ahead. We anticipate, this year will be one of new challenges and obstacles, even as we remain open to embrace the attendant opportunities.
There are various activities planned for this year such as:
- Tourism Treasure Hunt in October
- Mock Parliamentary Debate in November
- Primary School Debate early next year
With respect to the Mock Parliamentary Debate, we have in the past debated moots relating to National Issues including the “Seat Belt Law” and “Electronic Crimes Act 2009”. This year we will continue to be the champion for youth causes relative to pertinent national issues.
In the past we have also organised Primary School Mock Parliamentary Debate and Debating Competition. These efforts have been aimed at stimulating and moulding young growing minds towards creating awareness of the parliamentary system and legislative processes. We plan to continue in this vein as we remain committed to raising the bar for our youth.
The theme for this year’s International Youth Day is “Building a Better World: Partnering with Youth”. As we reflect on this theme, we are reminded of the importance of WORKING alongside the youth of the Federation in supporting their growth and development towards the building of a better world.
The youth of today are OUR Federation’s future leaders. Accordingly, I encourage our adults to play a supportive role. Have an open mind to new ideas shared and allow youth space to grow and rise beyond expectations.
-To the Youth I say – be willing to grow, step and think outside the box. Do not allow yourselves to be discouraged or dissuaded by anyone who tells you that ‘YOU CAN’T’, without giving serious thought to the possibilities for achievement and success.
BE optimistic! Be Positive! Strive, keep high Standards and you will be the LEADERS, that the world wants to see!
Let us all work together as we strive to be the best that we can be; and as we work to build a better world for ourselves and future generations.
JOIN US!!, as we celebrate our 11th Anniversary reminding all to be strong and steadfast through this year and beyond. -“STRENGTH, STANDARDS, SUSTAINABILITY, 11 YEARS OF SUCCESS.”
Presented By: Nezrene Roberts
ST.KITTS NATIONAL YOUTH PARLIAMENT ASSOCIATION
Picture : Left to right: Nezrene Roberts (President), Elsie Harry (Vice President), Jacqueline Bryan (Immediate Past President), Kazrano Gumbs (Treasurer), Azuree Liburd (Public Relation Officer). Two other elected executive members, not in the picture, are Merv-Ann Thompson ( General Secretary), Desi Brown (Public Relation Officer)
New Executive Elected for 2012-2013 S.K.N.Y.P.A. Year
Nezrene Roberts is the new President of the St. Kitts National Youth Parliament Association (S.K.N.Y.P.A.). She is joined by a host of members who are serving on the executive committee for the first time with the exception of one person. The other members of the executive are:
Vice President - Elsie Harry
General Secretary - Merv-Ann Thompson
Treasurer - Kazrano Gumbs (Immediate Past Assistant Treasurer)
Public Relations Officers - Azuree Liburd and Desi Brown
The posts of Assistant General Secretary, Assistant Treasurer and Nominated member will be appointed by the President, with the approval of the Executive, in the near future. Ms. Roberts has been a member of S.K.N.Y.P.A. for the past two years. She said that her vision for the Association is for it to be the lead youth agency for advocacy on youth-related and national issues.
A 3-member council comprising Honourary Members of the Association - Charles Wilkin Q.C., Geoffrey Hanley and Dwyer Astaphan - presided over the elections and made the formal announcement of the winners.
The 2012-2013 Executive Committee was elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) which was held on Saturday 18, August at the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Conference Room.
Among highlights of the past S.K.N.Y.P.A. year were its Appreciation Tea at which Nurses and Caretakers for the elderly were honoured, its position paper on Integrity in Public Life Legislation and the participation of some of its members as mentors for students at the Washington Archibald High School with the A Ganar program.
At the AGM, members of the Association also witnessed the induction of some of its longest serving members - Cindy DeSuza, Jihan Williams and Immediate Past President Jacqueline Bryan - as Alumni. Also inducted was Tapley Seaton Q.C., but as an Honourary Member of the Association as a result of his steady support over the years. The theme at the Annual General Meeting was "The Advancement of Youth Past the Initial Stage of Success" as the Association brings the celebration of its 10th anniversary to a close. S.K.N.Y.P.A. was launched on September 13, 2001.
Guest speaker at the AGM, Dr. Marcus Natta - Senior Project Analyst in the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Part-Time Lecturer at the Clarence Fiztory Bryant College - underscored the importance of members being actively involved in the operations of the Association to ensure its existence for another decade. Dr. Natta said, "S.K.N.Y.P.A. cannot move forward without you, the members. Whether it be financially, socially, and/or morally, your support is necessary for the organization to function.
I encourage you to attend the meetings and be an active participant and not an inactive complainer in your organization.be a constructive critic and discourage negative criticisms.be able to decipher information from deformation.and I wish for you integrity, intelligence, involvement, initiative, interdependence, interest, and insight."
“I pledge my self, my time, talents and spirit to promote the cause, work and interest of the St. Kitts National Youth Parliament Association through self-respect and teamwork.
I promise to be a true and honest voice for my fellow youth as I aim to fight for our free involvement in Nation building.
I earnestly seek to endorse my petitions and responsibilities as I uphold the law of the land and endeavour to be an honest and upright citizen of the Federation.”