final logo without wording A. MOTTO/LOGO: Moving Valiantly Forward, Inspiring Our Fellow Youth to Succeed!

B. MISSION STATEMENT: By way of background, VIYAC is a broad based coalition of organizations and individuals committed to increasing political and civic involvement and overall voter participation of Virgin Islanders, ages 14-30. VIYAC is youth led and dedicated to educating young voters who have not been full participants in the political processes, namely the electoral and legislative systems. VIYAC aims, through civic education, voter literacy, and leadership development training, to educate youth and young adults on how to identify issues, to influence public policy and how to become a more effective participant in the democratic governance of the Virgin Islands (U.S.).

C. BACKGROUND: VIYAC was founded by Genevieve Whitaker, human rights activist/attorney and youth activists: Akeel St. Jean, Stetson University Student Government Association President and a student of Political Science & Economics; Dominic Latty, a graduate of Brown University where he received dual Bachelor’s degrees in Africana Studies & Computer Science; and, Amaris Chew, a graduate of The University of the Virgin Islands, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences, who as the UVI Class of 2009 Commencement Speaker took two out of three categories for the winning team of the 2009 UVI Model U.N. Competition.

D. STRUCTURE:

a. Steering Committee (the leadership team comprised of Advisors, experts in various fields, tasked with developing and implementing the projects and programs of the Initiative)

b. Coordinators (Individuals designated to carry out the goals of the respective programs and initiatives)

E. PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES:

Programs

  • Youth Radio Program
  • Youth Voter Literacy Program
  • Civic Education Program/Human Rights & Youth Political Participation

Initiatives

  • Youth Agenda Report Cards Initiative
  • VI Youth Perspective on the proposed Constitution
  • Youth Bill of Rights Initiative
  • VI Youth Sports Advocacy

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