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A youth perspective on one of the world’s most celebrated leaders has come from the National Youth Council following news of the death of Nelson Mandela, who passed away last week.

NYC president Timothy Ferdinand says young people who are striving for leadership are motivated by Nelson Mandela and the principles which he stood for.

He notes that the World leader has had a positive impact on the lives of many young people in St Lucia and the region even though they may not have extensive knowledge about Mandela’s life.

Meanwhile, Mr Ferdinand has announced the establishment of an umbrella youth organization for the region.

He notes that history was made at the 3rd Caribbean Youth Leaders Summit held from December 4-6, 2013, in Gros Islet, Saint Lucia, as the first ever executive of the newly constituted Caribbean Regional Youth Council (CRYC) was elected.

Continuing the work that began at the previous summits in Barbados (2011) and Jamaica (2012), youth leaders took concerted steps towards strengthening their national youth organisations and charting a path towards a regional youth governance mechanism.

According to the Chairman of the CRYC Timothy Ferdinand, the revision and discussion of the progress and outputs of the previous summits culminated in the creation of the new organization and the signing and unanimous ratification of its constitution.
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