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Include young locals in policymaking process for youth — de Castro

Sharie de Castro

While officials inclusive of some political candidates typically decide on strategies they believe are in the best interest of young locals, Virgin Islands Party (VIP) At-Large Sharie de Castro is proposing a different approach to tapping into the potential of the territory’s youth.

The 27-year-old VIP candidate is proposing to have them, the territory’s youths, included in discussions as it relates to creating policies and programmes for young locals.

“It is not just about getting youths to listen. It is also about getting people in positions of authority to hear what the youth have to say. Inclusive youth development programmes must be implemented for the youth by the youth,” de Castro reasoned.

“I firmly believe that the only way we can properly empower, educate, and encourage our youth is by giving youth a ‘hand up’ not a ‘hand out’. When this kind of investment is made in the youth, I assure you they will repay it many times over by helping to create a better Virgin Islands.”

De Castro was speaking a VIP political rally recently.

Being the youngest of among the slate of VIP candidates, de Castro has seemingly based a major part of her campaign on youth development.

In recent times, there have been increased concern about a widening divide between older and younger BVI generations.

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  1. Voter says:

    Good idea. It was the NDP Govt that instituted the policy of have a youth person on every Board.

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  2. Talk says:


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  3. WoW says:

    Not a friendly g— at all pig.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    Politics, the crafting of effective legislation, effective, and non corruptible leadership require extraordinary intellectual and acquired knowledge, wisdom and experience in order to be most effective in the international arena in the 21st century and onward.

    Those ideals and qualities only accrue with study, experience and time.

    Unfortunately, youth not necessarily bring to the front those requisites.

    Yet, it is those kinds of qualities that the territory is most lacking right now in leadership potential.

    It is those kinds of qualities that are staying on the side lines and watching the game.

    It is those kinds of qualities that refuse to come forward.

    It is those kinds of qualities that is seeing the ship sinking, but is refusing to come and stop it from sinking.

    Thus, we have all kinds of disingenuous political minds masquerading as real genuine honest want to be good for country and people political hopefuls vying only for a seat at the chance at the green cookie jar, prestige and popularity.

    As one VIP big shot blatantly put it, “i am in for me because all who came before did the same thing.”

    Hence, how can the average man or woman now have any confidence in that man or his party?

    Meanwhile, our country’s fate is already sealed for the next four years.

    All we can do now is hope for the best, and hope or people vote very wisely.

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  5. Voter says:

    Tell me why you have up a one-man billboard. Are you not of a team??? QTNA.

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  6. You says:

    DeCastro I’m confused weren’t you a part of the youth board? You’re so d———s! You can not be t——-! Your def a s——! It looks like you’re the leader of the party and not Andrew!

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  7. @You says:

    She is the leader of the Party. At 27 years old, she is the smartest one on the team. Andrew is a whimper. There is something not quite right with Andrew. Anyone who align themselves with the fake pastor who is the #1 manipulator that is hiding behind God.

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  8. Minister says:

    Good idea. She has my vote. We need to introduce honesty and fresh ideas to achieve our salvation and move forward. Her party has agreed to enact the whistleblower law! No more payola!

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  9. VIP Sweep says:

    After the disastrous NDP government VIP gonna sweep you all away- the country cannot stand another 4 years of the crooked NDP

  10. TJ says:

    Identity politics is dangerous. Being female and young is not a reason to trust someone in government. There must be more qualifications.

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