By Eric Brown, Sustainable Cities Youth-Led Development Officer
On February 8th 2011 Sustainable Cities International, The City of San Fernando and the Junior Chambers International co-hosted the Youth Environment Forum that brought together young leaders from across the city. Following a presentation on Youth Leadership by City Environment and Natural Resource Office Technical Staff, Celso Jucutan, each youth organization present had the chance to talk about the work they are doing as young leaders to protect and enhance the environment. These articulate and ambitious young people are engaged in Tree Parenting (not just planting!), turtle conservation, and organic farming – to name a few.
Following this, Kate Letizia and Meghan Larson (current CIDA funded SCI interns) facilitated an interactive asset mapping workshop to draw out the strengths of these organizations. There was a lot of talent and force in the room. The challenge before them now, as I see it, is to find ways to partner and build on each other’s activities. The City of San Fernando can play a lead role in this coordination! They already have the structure in place in the form of the City Local Youth Development Council. SCI is proud to support the work of San Fernando to meaningfully engage its young citizens.