Dr. Wayne Fredericks

Dr. Wayne Fredericks

The President of Howard University, Trinidad-born, Dr. Wayne Frederick, will be the keynote speaker at the Global Entrepreneurship Week’s (GEW) Student Conference in November. Junior Achievement will partner with Youth Business Trinidad & Tobago (YBTT), in hosting the event which usually attracts a wide group of stakeholders, all of whom contribute to entrepreneurial development in the national community. Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to empowering young people through knowledge and skills needed to own their economic success and plan for their future and smart academic choices.

The Trinidad and Tobago arm of JA, has been the member nation to start operations within the Caribbean and Latin America. JA’s approach to preparing youngsters to face the world also includes a taste of entrepreneurship, which is reflected in the organization’s continued presence in secondary schools. JA’s involvement in Global Entrepreneurship Week, revolves around the annual hosting of a conference specifically designed for young men from across  secondary schools, and communities in Trinidad and Tobago. Themed “GEW’s Student Conference”, the event is scheduled for November 17th (Tobago) and November 18th (Queen’s Hall, Trinidad).

Structured in the form of a panel discussion, the event provides an opportunity for participants to interact with male role models on their specific areas of interest. According to JA’s Executive Chairman, J. Errol Lewis “over the years, we have seen an evolution of transformation in the lives of young men who were privileged to have shared in this experience, and as a result, we’ve decided to maintain it as our signature event for GEW.”

Apart from Frederick, other speakers include citizens who have a record of helping other young males in their aspirations to achieve. These include Lewis,  who for some 40-plus years, has dedicated his life and work towards the advancement and development of youths; Neil Shaka Hislop, a name synonymous with football both at local and international levels. Hislop was also awarded the Chaconia Gold Medal, and is a Broadcaster with ESPN. Also,  Dr. Clive Dottin, Public Affairs & Religious Liberty Director of the Caribbean Union Conference Seventh-Day Adventists, who is no stranger to youth development, and Brig.  Gen Anthony Phillips-Spencer, who has had over 33 years service in the Defence Force.

JA continues to be committed to youth development, and once again, YBTT welcomes the support from this organization for GEW 2015!

By: Sandrine Rattan

Project Co-ordinator – Stakeholder & Media Relations (YBTT)


Published in the Trinidad and Tobago Newsday on Thursday, September 3rd, 2015