Charlene McLaughlin

"Seeing young people in volatile areas where illiteracy and poverty are dominant, access resources offered through the YAPD and are able to build their self efficacy and ground their presence in society as meaningful citizens to this country."

Ms. McLaughlin has been actively involved in youth work for at least four (4) years before joining the YAPD team as a YEO in 2006. 

Ms. McLaughlin attented the University of the West Indies and the University of London, where she successfully attained a BA in English with a Minor in Philosophy and her LLB respectively.

Her key interests in youth development are:

  • Training and Employment
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Health
  • Care and Protection and Living Environment
  • Parenting

She views her success as a YEO  through the  empowerment sessions, referrals, social interventions inter alia enabling disenfranchised youth to develop a sense of hope and establish a voice to the voiceless.

Over the years she has participated in and spearheaded several projects, including:

  • Child's month book drive 2008
  • Inter parish quiz competition 2009-2011
  • Youth Empowerment symposium 2009-2011
  • Work experience/ Employment Programme 2012
  • Back to school treat 2013
  • Christmas treat 2013

with her biggest accomplishment being fostering a transformational presence in one of the parishes most volatile communities.

Message to young People

"Ecclesiastes 12:1 -3 “Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator. Honor him in your youth before you grow old and say, ‘Life is not pleasant anymore.’ Remember him before the light of the sun, moon, and stars is dim to your old eyes, and rain clouds continually darken your sky. Remember him before your legs—the guards of your house—start to tremble; and before your shoulders—the strong men—stoop. Remember him before your teeth—your few remaining servants—stop grinding; and before your eyes—the women looking through the windows—see dimly.” (NLT)

My words: Set real and attainable goals in strides. Believe in who you are and what you want to achieve. Seek information for yourselves, make use of each positive opportunity that arise. Stay in positive circles as the negative forces will distract you and pull you down. Seek yourselves, know who you are for who you are. Be blessed, be inspired, be an schiever."