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Sunday, 09 December 2018 10:56

Young Guyanese elected to serve on Commonwealth Youth Council

news 20181210 14Sunita Samaroo and Leiann Van Lange, both Guyanese professionals, have been elected to serve on the Commonwealth Youth Council for the period 2018 to 2020. Both of the women were appointed to the Caribbean and Americas Regional Committee as members without specific portfolios.

In this vital role, they are both tasked with the responsibility of assisting in leadership and management to volunteers and general assistance to other committee members.

The Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) is the official voice of the young people across all Commonwealth nations. The council’s aim is to further the advancement of the youth development agenda by integrating young people into the development work of the Commonwealth at national, regional, and Pan-Commonwealth levels.
It provides a sustainable platform for unified engagement with decision makers and youth-led development initiatives.
Samaroo, a member of the Guyana National Youth Council (GNYC), graduated with a Bachelor of Science in International Relations. Over the past 11 years, she has served on several youth organizations and movements championing human rights and development, acting as both an advocate and 20181210 15
Her activism centers on her passion for working with vulnerable groups as she has worked to implement several projects ensuring those groups are positively engaged.
Van Lange, of Georgetown, is a Project Coordinator at University Research Co. LLC. She holds a Bachelor’s in International Relations from the University of South Florida and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Business Administration.

She has experience working with nonprofits, through her engagements with diverse organization such as the DC-based crowd-funding platform – Global Giving, the UNDP country office in Guyana, and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, a research institute in Colombia. She also spent time volunteering with an educational non-profit in the mountainous Quiche Department of Guatemala, which she believes, cemented her desire to work for advancing a more robust youth development agenda.
Samaroo and Van Lange will work alongside eight other young professionals from the region on the Caribbean and Americas Regional Committee of the CYC.
The Commonwealth Youth Council will be undertaking an aggressive brand and project awareness campaign, to ensure all young people across the region are aware of the organization’s initiatives.


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