Lena Taupier grew up in St. Lucia, where she developed a keen interest in the arts from an early age. She was often involved in music, drama, singing, and visual arts, instilling in her a passion for the arts that led her to explore as many different media as she could. In 2008, she began exploring the art of photography, and won second prize in an Amateur Photography Contest launched by the National Conservation Authority in St. Lucia. In 2009 after obtaining a Grade 1 in the CXC Visual Arts Exam, she continued experimenting with new forms of art. She soon developed a strong interest in graphic design and digital painting, and in 2010, won 1st prize in a logo design contest launched as part of a Public Energy Awareness Campaign by the Ministry of Physical Development and the Environment. In 2011, Lena began exploring the art of video editing and directing, leading to the creation of her first video, “End Violence Against Women”, her entry for the UNDP Barbados & the OECS and Youth-IN Video-mix contest.
She recently graduated from the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, and is currently a teacher at the St. Lucia School of Music. In the near future, she plans to continue exploring Digital Arts & Media, and would like to pursue studies in Computer Science in the hopes of building new bridges between technology and the arts.
Positive Youth! Angad Singh is passionate about youth empowerment, contributing to public policy, capacity building and sustainable energy within communities. He recently completed his Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Trinidad and Tobago with high Upper Second class honours, double majoring in Environmental and Natural Resource Management and Geography.
Angad has worked as a Graduate Research Assistant jointly with the Department of Life Sciences at UWI and the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) on management and conservation of the Mauritia flexuosa palm species in the Aripo Savannas, an Environmentally Sensitive and Protected Area in Trinidad. This is an area of great ecological, scientific, national and international conservation importance. In addition, he has volunteered at The Cropper Foundation, a not-for-profit, philanthropic environmental organization contributing to public policy, capacity building and environmental awareness within communities.
Angad is an active member of the Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) and has represented CYEN at numerous conferences around the world and has been sponsored by the UNDP Enhancing Resilience to Reduce Vulnerability in the Caribbean (ERC) Project to attend the World Youth Congress (June 4th – 13th 2012) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Angad: "I am passionate about representing the views of the Caribbean region's youth which are often under represented at the International level. My ultimate aim is to see young people playing a more active role in environmental decision making. I sincerely wish to be a part of this change."
Is a professional Website/Graphic
Positive Youth! Asha Vigilante Pini:
Is a professional Website/Graphic designer offering services in print design, logo design, custom illustration, web development and flash animation. Asha has held several positions as Senior Website/Graphic Designer with marketing agencies across the region including Grenada, Dominica, Antigua and the British Virgin Islands. Asha currently resides in Saint Lucia.
Asha Vigilante Pini is the winner of the Youth-IN Logo & Website Design Competition the first competition launched by Youth-IN in 2011.
Positive Youth! Born in South Trinidad, Jeston is destined to have an impact on the film industry. Starting his career early in music and audio production, Jeston decided to transfer his skill set to video production. After studying, Motion Picture, and working in the U.S for some time, Jeston pondered the best way to make an impact in the world of video production. It was then that he decided to return to his homeland and lend his creative eye to the Trinidadian audience. Doing work for various music artistes and major corporate entities in the Trinidad & Tobago, the Caribbean, U.S, Canada and Europe.
Jeston is one of the young emerging filmmakers and video directors out of Trinidad & Tobago. When Jeston saw that the ILO launched a video contest for young people (from 18-29 years) on how the global jobs crisis is affecting them and their communities Jeston put his skills into practice and his vision into production. The video “THE POWER OF ONE - Global Youth Unemployment” emerged and was submitted (See the video here: http://youtu.be/amAqI1fYGhA) - Be sure to share it with other youth in your area.
In addition to his busy schedule Jeston finds the time each summer to volunteer at the Manhatten Youth Downtown Community Center http://manhattanyouth.org/ by working with the children.
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