UN Youth Seychelles held the first Silver Lining Project workshop on enlightening members to 'Sharpen Your Silver Lining' yesterday April 09, 2022. The members-only workshop focused on broadening participant's knowledge on the 8 Dimensions of Life, containing quality presentations from financial services professional Mr Wellington Manjengwa who gave a striking introduction on the Financial, Occupational, Social and Environmental dimensions while psychotherapist Mr Jimmy Petrousse shared his detailed perspective on the Spiritual, Intellectual, Emotional and Physical dimensions. Both individuals created an informative and engaging front, as participants took this opportunity to impose inquiries and widen their scope of knowledge on the 8 dimensions. Finally, UNYS wishes to thank the Government Grants committee for providing their much appreciated financial support for this project and also Ms. Servina for taking her time to join us in this workshop.
Global Money Week 2022
Mark your calendar! The fifth edition of Global Money Week in Seychelles is right around the corner. We’re bringing back our beloved virtual financial tours to explore this year's theme "Build your future be smart about money" Check out our GMW 2022 page for more information.
UN Youth Seychelles (UNYS) is pleased to welcome our new Board of Advisors for the next two years. Mr Daniel Gordon, Miss Raghavi Naidu and Mr Wellington Manjengwa have been long contributors of UNYS and have promoted the growth of the NGO in various ways. It is only fitting that now they continue in formal roles that recognise and strengthen their support. The Board of Advisors has an advisory role to the organisation on various matters. The Internal Advisor primarily advises on matters relating to the function of the organisation and its projects while the External Advisors focus on project outreach and recommended relationships to other organisations.
The Board of Advisors are not accountable for UNYS' decisions, and approval powers and accountability of the organisation remains with the Board of UNYS. We look forward to the continued engagement and happy that you are now part of our team.
Attendance of the NGO Forum
UN Youth Seychelles (UNYS) participated in the NGO Forum organised by Ceps Seychelles represented by Miss Leah Malbrook a Policy Officer of UNYS who attended the event. The event took place on February 26, 2022 at the STC Conference room. Miss Malbrook explained that the event started with a presentation delivered by a representative from a Ministry responsible for Finance informing NGO members who attended on the importance of statistics when recording activities and projects and particularly when applying for Government grants. It was also stated multiple times that civil society/ NGOs can have the potential to become a pillar in the government. The next presentation was about the conducive environment for NGOs to thrive in terms of legal aspects, resources such as finance and good leadership/governance. On the topic of resources a list of possible grant opportunities was shown to the participants, both national and international.
The third and final presentation was about the use of national campaigns to facilitate NGOs and citizens engagements from all sectors. The importance of national campaigns explained was the recognition they give to the existence of NGOs and helps to NGOs to have an impact on a national level. These presentations were followed by a discussion in groups of the three; one group on statistics, one on the environment needed for NGOs to thrive and national campaigns. She chose the group discussing the conducive environment needed for NGOs to thrive in. A range of factors needed for this environment we’re discussed such as the commitment of members, strong structure with good policies and inclusivity. UNYS would like to thank CEPS for this engagement and we thank Miss Malbrook for her participation.
The Silver Lining Formations Workshop 2021
UN Youth Seychelles organized the “Silver Lining Formations workshop from 3rd to 5th November at Eden Bleu Hotel. The workshop showcased the importance and impacts the different Life dimensions have on individuals their lives and what action one can take to develop these dimensions. The target group were youth aged between 12-35 years. The event included a series of modules; mainly the 8 dimensions of life by various presenters, life lesson activities and inspiring guest speakers whereby the participants had the chance to learn about the 8 dimensions, hear inspiring stories and even experience Zumba. Overall, it was a very insightful and productive three days. Special thanks goes to the enablers and supporters of the project namely the National Grants Committee, Eden Bleu HotelMCB SeychellesSeychelles National Youth CouncilSix Senses Hotels Resorts SpasAirtel SeychellesShreeji Group - SeychellesWell of Inspiration and others who believed in this cause. We will be sharing more on this exciting journey with the Inspiring Participants during the week.
Virtual Launching of the Silver Lining Project
We are pleased to announce the official Launching of the Silver Lining Project 2021 which took place Virtually on Saturday October 30, 2021. The event can be accessed on Youtube here > https://youtu.be/mVwDVQGsePE The event regrouped 23 participants inclusive of both local and international supporters of the project and youth who registered to know more about the project.
The President of UN Youth Seychelles (UNYS) Mr Raymus Laurence delivered his opening remarks highlighting his contentment in seeing the same youth UNYS has touched and work with being present and helping in giving back to the society. Mr Daniel Gordon, an External advisor for UNYS provided a historical overview of the Project and gave an overview and Ms Annarose Clarisse the Founder, Country Presentative and Project Coordinator explained the essence and objective of the project.
The event continued with Mr. Bernard Jackson who is the Managing Director for Mauritius Commercial Bank (MCB) MCB Seychelles shared with us their reasons for being an early enabler for the project and the importance in contributing towards such initiatives. Ms. Andrea Jean Louis the Head of Finance & Accounts Division and a past beneficiary of the project gave her testimony on how such an experience added value in her life.
The second half of the event engaged the participants directly in the 8 Life Dimensions, with insights from two time Ted Talk Speaker Mr Deepak Ramola, Founder and Artist Director of Project FUEL and Author explained the life dimensions through Life Lessons and shared wisdom. He reminded us that wisdom does not come with age and that our Talents are not our gifts but our responsibility. We progress don the journey together by unpacking how the Life Dimensions could lead to world peace with International Peace Youth Group IPYG Coordinator Ms Cloe Baartman, she urged to "Let us not only see the Silver Lining but Let's become the Silver Linings in our Society" Ms. Renee Lighton Experienced Life Coach and Motivational speaker from South Africa added on by enlightening us on how we can Shine the LightOn Education through the 8 Life dimensions as a means to develop one’s full potential and she highlighted that it is our responsibility to make learning fun!
Wellington Manjengwa, Financial Services Professional, Author and our main facilitator for the project from Well of Inspiration delivered the last presentation on Why the dimensions are a big deal! Mr. Manjengwa remarked that 40% of what we do stems from our habits and if we change our habits for the better we change our life for the better.
Ms. Amy Jean the Vice President and Treasurer of the UNYS concluded the event by thanking all the participants, supporters and enablers of the project and expressed the appreciation of the UNYS Board towards the members who contributed whole heartedly towards the project. A Special mention goes to the National Grants Committee for being the main funder, Eden Bleu Hotel as another supporter for the Silver Lining Project 2021 and the MCB Seychelles for supporting the project from its inception since 2019. We are also thankful for all the other sponsors and support we have received with the project.
UN Youth Seychelles (UNYS) proudly launches its Strategic Plan for the year 2021-2023.
This document reinforces the goals and objectives that will guide UNYS desired destination. It outlines a strategic/divisional approach and most importantly to ensure succession planning and value delivery for our members and surrounding community in Seychelles.
UNYS stands today as a youth-led, non-profit organisation in Seychelles and we aim to keep the level of professionalism and good governance as an institution. With this Strategic Plan we are on the path of greater success for many years to come.
The Strategic Plan remains an internal document however, we want to reassure our partners and supporters that we continue to strive for progress and results. We thank all our members for their contribution and devotion towards this process and ensuring UNYS objectives and values are always at the core of our ways of working keeping the greater vision for our country. (TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK)
UNYS Attends the HWPL World Peace Summit
On Saturday the 18th September 2021, HWPL’s 7th anniversary of the World Peace summit took place online with about 1000 people on a zoom meeting in attendance. Members of UN Youth Seychelles Ms Steffie-Ann Monthy and Ms Annarose Clarisse were able to participate in this annual event marking a very historic day.
The online summit began by marking why HWPL was initiated with the motive of global peace and cessation of war. Since the founding of the organisation, they have indulged in numerous global efforts with this motive including creating international laws of peace, alliance of religions, women and youth empowerment, legislate peace campaigns, several peace walks and most importantly peace education to the youth. The statistics are astonishing in the amount of global leaders, office bearers and lecturers that have been appointed in communicating these ideas around in several countries globally.
The event also explained the ways in which global peace was still advocated world wide despite the global pandemic where most peace education has been transferred online, and online study groups can now study the international peace law as through the HWPL handbook commentary.
For me the highlight of the event was learning specifically about the past cases that brought peace to people such as in Mindanao, Philippines, as well as active cases that they have completed this year. A particularly interesting one was the youth empowerment peace class (YEPC) which promoted young education rights to ensure youth education was still ensured despite the consequences of the global pandemic. Overall the experience was inspiring to see how simple it is to send out messengers of peace to all corners of the world and see how much impact it can have, especially for the youth, so that the future of the world is humble hands. UN youth Seychelles would like to thank colleagues from IPYG for sharing this experience with us.
UN Youth Seychelles will be hosting a series of workshops focusing on the 8 dimensions of life/ wellbeing during the 4th quarter of the year. As we finalise the logistics for the event we are inviting potential participants to register their interest to take part in the sessions and be the first to know about the event details once released. Target group are youth aged 12 to 35 years. Register via Link https://bit.ly/SLPREGISTRATION
Webinar ‘Youth Participation in Economic Activities'
To commemorate International Youth Day 2021, the Youth and Sports Department organised a three-day Webinar on the Theme: ‘Youth Participation in Economic Activities’ from 10th to the 12th August, 2021.
The event will lasted around 1½ hours each day and featured interesting presentations from NGOs and other governmental entities, advice to young people, Q&A, discussions and finally a short 3-minute survey to end each session.
On August 10, 2021, Ms Annarose Clarisse the Country Representative of UN Youth Seychelles (UNYS) presented on the Sustainable Development Goals, Youth Economic participation and the COVID-19 Pandemic. This included 10 specific takeaways that the audience can easily implement for better and a more solution oriented approach to participate actively in the economy.
Members attend the Budget Formulation Symposium
From the 22nd to the 24th June, some members of UNYS were given the opportunity to partake in the budget symposium workshop hosted by the Transparency Initiative Seychelles (TIS). Members who took part include, Mr. Raymus Laurence (The President), Ms. Amy Jean (Vice-President) and Ms. Annarose Clarisse (Country Representative and Founder).
Spotlight Series - What is your financial take on the pandemic?
The Covid-19 pandemic has surely left its impact on economies but let’s not forget about the effect that it had on the everyday individual that had hopes and dreams that this pandemic has washed away. We took the time to ask you what this pandemic taught you in terms of your financial matters and ways in which it has made you rethink your financial decisions.