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Commentary: The first time I felt globally connected
Published on December 30, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Shalisha Samuel

I received the news about being awarded an All Bar None place, to represent my country St Vincent and the Grenadines, while I was on a volunteer assignment in Ghana. I was happy and honoured to receive the funding. Being awarded the place was a sigh of relief, as instead I would have had to immediately lunge into yet another fundraising campaign.

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Shalisha Samuel is the songwriter-owner of Brown Mint Productions Inc. After completing a BSc. in Political Science and an MSc. in International Trade Policy, she worked at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva Switzerland. She was selected as the 2013 Youth Innovator for Ghana by Youth Challenge International and represented St Vincent and the Grenadines at the fourth One Young World Youth Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Although I was grateful for the award, the excitement really hit me when the One Young World 2013 Johannesburg Facebook group was created. Many delegates interacted with each other for the first time and arranged meetings to share ideas and partner on projects. I realised then that this was going to be an awesome world event.

The most impactful moment for me at the Summit was the call by UK Ambassador James Eder to learn and excel through failure. His words taught me that I am enough, I have enough and there is no reason why I can’t step out and make change now. It was the exact message I needed to hear because, at that time, I was just sitting on my ideas with the fear that I am not yet ready to pursue them.

I am well travelled; however, the Summit was the first time I felt globally connected, where I really became aware of how far my reach can be. Bangladesh is not in another world far away. I can create opportunities for a community group in Jalingo, Nigeria. I became more interested in challenges beyond my Caribbean region and supported initiatives globally because I can no longer pretend that I don’t have a role to play. The plight of underprivileged and disadvantaged groups, despite the country, does affect me.

With the understanding that I too am affected by my neighbour’s challenges, Professor Muhammad Yunus’ matter-of-fact introduction made it clear that there is no invisible hand or magic wand. We cannot look to our governments or point to each other. It is ‘you’ and ‘me’ that hold this wonderful key to unlock progress and prosperity for others. This self-realisation and a higher level of social consciousness to take action swept into me.

The Summit’s schedule is tightly packed and it’s advisable to reach out, connect and arrange meetings prior to the event.

An engaging conversation with a UK delegate would turn out to be the building blocks of a partnership. Only upon sharing our ideas did Barbara Kasumu and I realise we had made arrangements on the Facebook group to meet and had in fact taken animated and amusing photos with others the day before! This became a lasting serendipitous interaction as Barbara Kasumu, my colleagues and I in the Caribbean are now preparing to launch “I am Visible” in the Caribbean. I am Visible is a mentoring platform that highlights women who are great role models and connects them with young girls as mentors.

Following the Summit, I gained the confidence to seek investment for two of my businesses and established the Camp-US Foundation. The Foundation seeks to transform the lives of children and youth in underserved communities by helping them recognise their potential, their importance and to think globally. In the summer of 2014 the Foundation will host the Camp-US Transformers, a summer institute for personal development and policy debate.

The All Bar None scholarship helped to bridge gaps and formed new ties between St Vincent and the Grenadines and other countries. I proudly introduced my country for the first time to many people and left them with information from our ministry of tourism. I too walked away with new knowledge of traditions and cultures, particularly from the lens of modern day youth.

The Summit, in my view, is an international trade fair for young people committed to social change. Connecting and networking is how it’s done. Therefore, incoming delegates should take advantage of the night owl and early bird sessions, breakfasts and lunches to meet with other delegates.

I now have the opportunity to engage in global partnership as a result and will always express my thanks to One Young World.

The applications for the One Young World Summit for youth 18-30 are open. Here's the link to apply: http://www.oneyoungworld.com/join/candidate

Also, the All Bar None Scholarship is back and applications are already open! Many Caribbean countries are eligible. If your country is not on the list, do not worry, still apply, a way is always made if you have faith! Fundraise and campaign. Here's the link to apply: http://www.oneyoungworld.com/all-bar-none-2014

First published at http://www.oneyoungworld.com/blog/first-time-i-felt-globally-connected
 
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Comments:

Vinci Vin:

Shalisha: We are proud of your educational initiatives and your representation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines during your travels. in the summer of 1973 I completed a university of the Virgin Island sponsored educational tour of 5 West African countries. During thaat course we studied the culture and economies of Ghana, Togo, Dahomey (now Benin), Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire)and Liberia. This was quite spiritually annd educationally rewarding for me, especially as I could see the cultural similarities with St. Vincent and the Grenadines, our Homeland.

You exhibit great promise as a young and upcoming future leader in the service of our homeland. May God continue to bless, nurture and protect you.

Vinci Vin

Peter Binose:

Well done sweetheart, you are very lovely, just stay well away from politicians bearing gifts.

Try and stay indoors on Saturday mornings when in SVG, visit no offices and be wise.

Good luck for your future success.


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