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Fighting for a louder youth voice
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His latest thrust locally is the
formation of a youth cricket for
life league following his recent
Youth Football For Life initiative.
Where were you born and
where did you grow up?
I was born in Mayaro and spent
the first six years of life there. I
then moved to Arima, where I cur-
Tell us about your inspiration
the field of youth development.
My inspiration comes from my
background. I have come from a
single-parent home, and I thank
God for all the opportunity he has
given me. My inspiration is to work
to ensure that all our youth are
given the opportunity to achieve
success. I always say my duty is
to ensure the children of janitors
and taxi drivers have the same
opportunity and path to success
as those of lawyers and doctors.
What are some of the chal-
lenges you face as a youth leader?
The greatest challenge I face is
the greatest asset I have---youth.
Many people in society are not
willing to listen to young people
or give them a shot at life-changing
opportunities. We hear the rhetoric
of "the youth are the future" but
hey man, the youth are also the
present. I wish I could tell you that
I overcame that challenge by
protesting and leading thousands
into a revolution, but I didn t.
At this point in time, I am work-
ing towards making the youth voice
stronger and creating a place, plan
and purpose for all youth. One of
the main issues is the area of youth
engagement; we need to solidify
the avenues by which youth can
express themselves. We must
ensure youth realise, utilise and
maximise their talents.
I have just started to lobby the
major media houses for more
youth-based programming, and
they are responding well. By next
month, we hope to have our own
show...I will keep fighting for a
louder youth voice and input.
What advice would you give to
the young people of T&T?
My advice to my fellow youth
would be: we all have talent, we
must find that talent in each other
and respect that it may be different
but not any less important. We
must then hand in hand utilise
and maximise this talent to find a
place, plan and purpose for each
If you had to solve the ills that
prevail in T&T, what would you
do?My entire mantra is finding a
place, plan and purpose for all. I
believe it is when everyone finds
that place they belong in they can
work hard to change a nation. Thus
to change the ills, I would listen
more and then allow and assist
everyone to find that place they
feel or know is the best way they
can work to a better nation.
What goals and or ambitions
do you still have?
My goal is to continue with my
youth engagement campaign
through my various groups so that
the youth voice can be heard and
the youth can use their talent to
define our nation along with world
My ambition would be to cap-
ture or obtain any other positions
or move up to any other position
where I can serve and develop
youth and generally people while
bettering their standard of living.
If you had an opportunity to
meet anyone in the world, who
would it be?
I would love to meet Tony Blair
because I am a great follower of
his past political career. Tony Blair,
at a young age, captured the lead-
ership of the British Labour Party
and modernised it, allowing it to
capture power for three terms. In
those three terms as PM, he dis-
played courage and grit. I think in
today s world, in any circle, one
has to have vision and fortitude,
as he did.
Who was your hero growing
up and why?
Growing up my hero was cricket
star Sanath Jayasuriya because at
that time he was doing something
against the odds. He was leading
a team of guys who were all under-
estimated, and from a nation
plunged into civil war against world
teams full of resources and skill.
But he used his determination and
never-say-die mentality to ensure
Sri Lanka would one day become
the superpower it is today in crick-
Upcoming events and contact
I was recently in Sri Lanka at
the World Youth Conference, and
soon I will be launching the My
World Youth Campaign and Young
Women s Leadership Programme.
For those willing to offer support
and work with us, they can call
me at 710-2603 or e-mail me at
Describe yourself in two words
one beginning with N, the other
with M, your initials.
N---natural, meaning I m always
me I never pretend to be something
I m not. I m always me, and even
if my environment changes, I
remain Nicholas Morris and stand
for what I always believe in.
Mature---as a young person in a
leadership role, I always try to be
mature in all my actions since one
to whom much is given much is
We hear the rhetoric of "the youth are the future" but hey man,
the youth are also the present. I wish I could tell you that I
overcame that challenge by protesting and leading thousands into
a revolution, but I didn't. At this point in time, I am working
towards making the youth voice stronger and creating a place,
plan and purpose for all youth.
---NICHOLAS MORRIS, CARIBBEAN UN YOUTH CO-ORDINATOR,
MY WORLD 2015 CAMPAIGN AND YOUTH 21 INITIATIVE
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