Meet the young people shaping a destination for their peers

“We young people are also young parents, children who take care of our elders or our siblings with special needs, or even professionals and volunteers who support our communities through excursions and awareness in the enclosure. Everyone belongs here and should be housed to thrive in the Somerset Belt.

Ms. Enright is a young community leader from Somerset Belt to guide the transformation of the precinct.

She reviews proposals submitted to the RYSP, which supports unique and experimental youth-initiated ideas for the region. Selected projects will receive funding of up to $50,000 and the opportunity to network and be mentored by industry professionals and young leaders to bring their concepts to life.

This month, the RYSP will launch a second call for proposals. The first call for proposals ran from May to June 2020.

By taking over, young people will have the opportunity to learn new skills on the job, hone their business and non-profit ideas, hone their leadership and technology skills, and transform the Somerset Belt into a a hub for all sorts of initiatives. , says Ms. Enright, who is also a board member of *Scape.

“I also lecture and advise my peers on topics relevant to DEI, provide business and strategic advice to RYSP teams, and approve funding for successful presentations,” she says.

An example of someone helping young people is Mr K Kawshigan, 29, managing director of local drone racing company D1 Racing. He created a year-long training program for young people to learn how to handle drones and eventually fly them in a virtual setting through the Somerset Belt and courses in other physical locations.

The programme, which started in March last year, saw 100 participants go through a mix of virtual and physical workouts that were coached by veteran drone pilots.

With industries ranging from real estate to media increasingly using drones for a variety of tasks, “it was very rewarding to see young people learn valuable skills in handling drones that they could use around the world. professional,” says Kawshigan.

“Every interaction during the program was also an opportunity to inspire them to be better versions of themselves, and we were very happy to see their growth.”

Putting Mental Health First

Conversations about mental wellbeing are more important than ever in the age of Covid-19, and the Somerset Belt can be a safe space for them, adds Ms Cheryl Tan, 35, founder of The Breathe Movement.

Since 2014, the social organization has offered trauma-informed tools and practices to empower individuals to navigate through life’s challenges.

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