Youth Conference 2015 Speakers

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Hon. Minister Damion Crawford – Jamaica

Le Antonio’s Foundation Youth Conference 2015 is pleased to host as guest speaker the Hon. Minister Damion Crawford, Minister of State, Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment.

Minister Crawford who holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Tourism Management from the University of the West Indies is a committed educator with a genuine desire to see the educational development of the people he represents and has spearheaded important education initiatives, including the H.O.P.E (Helping Our People Excel) free tutorial program for CXC students. His leadership qualities were evident in his early years as a student at the University of the West Indies, (UWI) Mona, where he was  elected Hall Chairperson for Taylor Hall 2003-2004, and served as Guild President from 2000-2001 at the UWI Center for Hotel and Tourism Management in the Bahamas and again from 2004-2005 at UWI Mona.

Hon. Minister Crawford is the epitome of success through diligence, he will deliver to the youths first hand ambitions that are attainable.


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Julie Mansfield – Author, Founder Give Me Dignity INC

“I am too competitive to let them win!” Give Me Dignity, INC founder, Julie Mansfield affirmed in a television interview.”

Please join Le Antonio’s Foundation in welcoming Ms. Mansfield to Le Antonio’s Foundation Youth  Conference 2015!

Julie Marie Mansfield, is a dynamic speaker, author, and influential public figure in the United States and Jamaica. A survivor of childhood sexual abuse, Julie — an educated, informed woman of dignity, avows to continue raising the flags on humanizing the problem of childhood sex abuse, using her a triumphant voice of survival for the victims who are often defenseless and voiceless.

With her passion to keep youths safe, stable and healthy — guest speaker of Le Antonio’s Youth Conference 2015,  Ms. Julie Marie Mansfield, who authored her personal memoir  “Maybe God Was Busy” , will be an influential resource to the youths attending Youth Conference 2015 on November, 5, 2015. Register now, as this event cannot be missed!


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Ruel Reid, CD, JP – Principal, Jamaica College High School

Le Antonio’s Foundation Youth Conference 2015 welcomes one of our distinguished guest speaker, Mr. Ruel Reid – Principal of Jamaica College (JC) High School, since 2006.

Mr. Ruel Reid not only leads the team of personnel responsible for the sculpture of the young men attending Jamaica College High School — one of the island’s most outstanding  boy’s high school; but is also acclaimed in his own right. He holds a Teachers Diploma in Business Education from Bethlehem Moravian College, a Bachelor of Science in Business Education, and a Masters in Human Resource Management at Nova Southeastern University. Mr. Ruel Reid served at Munro College High School as Master Teacher and Housemaster from 1996 – 2006. He is a former President of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association and an adviser to the Minister of Education.

Principal Reid is also the recipient of various awards in recognition of excellence over the years, such as; Rotary Club of St. Andrew Vocational Award for Excellence, St. Elizabeth Homecoming Foundation Award for excellence in teaching and Jamaica National/CARIMAC Media Award for Outstanding contribution to Radio.

With his expertise as an educator, JC’s Principal Reid will lend a wealth of knowledge to the students attending Le Antonio’s Foundation Youth Conference 2015 on November 5.


Aubrey Stewart, IV – President of the Guild of Students, UWI. Founder, Host of the HELP NETWORK-SPY TV

Le Antonio’s Foundation Youth Conference 2015 is pleased to present as a guest speaker –Mr. Aubrey Stewart, former Junior Mayor of Montego Bay, St James.

Mr. Aubrey Stewart is an example of leadership for youths in inner-city communities – He was raise in the inner-city community of Albion Lane, St James and excelled at Cornwall College High School where he served as Head Boy; he is currently pursuing a degree in Political Leadership, Strategy and Management at the University of the West Indies, Mona- Western Jamaica Campus where he is also the President of the Guild of Students. On Thursday, April 9, 2015 U.S. President Barack Obama was greeted by Mr. Aubrey Stewart, who introduced him during a town hall meeting at the University of the West Indies, in Kingston, Jamaica.

As the president of the Guild of Students at the University of the West Indies Western Jamaica Campus, Aubrey was honored with the Prime Minister’s Youth Award for Excellence in Leadership. In 2013 he was awarded the Governor General Youth Award for Excellence in Leadership and the National Young Leader Award from the Council of Voluntary Services for outstanding Volunteerism.

Mr. Stewart is the Founder and Host of the HELP NETWORK, a weekly half hour program on SPY TV that highlights different stories of individuals with special needs (i.e. Children (Ages 0-15), Homeless, Elderly, Persons living with disabilities as well as highlighting talented Jamaicans and Business of the West. He established the UWI-WJC KIDS giving young people from various inner city communities in Montego Bay an opportunity to be exposed to activities which are not thought at their school or community level- Community that we involved include: North Gully, Albion Lane, Glendevon, Mt. Salam, Flankers and Granville.

This dynamic youth leader will leave a lasting impression on the youths of Le Antonio’s Foundation Youth Conference 2015 on November 5 as they get a first hand view of the difference hard work, motivation, and dedication will garner.


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Nicole Nation – Medical Student, UWI, Founder, Volunteer Nation, writer – Jamaica Observer’s All Woman Magazine

Le Antonio’s Foundation Youth Conference 2015 is pleased to announce Ms. Nicole Nation as guest speaker on our Youth Conference day November 5, 2015 at the Wexford Hotel in Montego Bay, St James!

Nicole is a 22 year old medical student at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus and the Founder of “Volunteer Nation.”

Ms. Nicole Nation was recently chosen as the first female recipient of the Queen’s Young Leader Award for Jamaica. Nicole, along with fellow Jamaica, Jerome Cowans traveled to Buckingham Palace to receive their award from Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. Additionally, Nicole is the Inaugural Maia Chung Autism and Disabilities Foundation Ambassador.  She is also a writer for the Jamaica Observer’s All Woman Magazine.

Ms. Nation is one of Jamaica’s outstanding young leaders, her influence will be well received by the youths and students at the Le Antonio’s Youth Conference 2015.


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Victoria Melhado – RN, Midwife, Author, Founder and President, Be Inspired International

Join Le Antonio’s Foundation Youth Conference 2015 in welcoming Registered Nurse and Midwife Victoria Melhado as a guest speaker  at our Youth Conference on November 5, 2015 .

Ms. Victoria Melhado is a Jamaican youth leader, author and advocate who has spearheaded several successful Anti-Child abuse and Anti-Human Trafficking initiatives. Victoria is an active member of several committees at the Nurses Association of Jamaica and was the youngest winner at that time, to cop the prestigious National Nurse of the Year 2012-2013 title. Victoria was recognized by the Caribbean Nurses Organization as an outstanding Regional Nurse of the Year (Oct. 2014). She is also a past facilitator for a support group of persons living with HIV/AIDS and is a featured ‘Vital Voice’ in the Pulitzer Centre for Crisis Reporting 2007 Documentary on ‘LiveHopeLove.com.’

In September 2012, she represented Jamaica as a youth leader at the CIVICUS World and Youth Assemblies in Montreal, Canada, where she Co-chaired youth discussions on the Post- 2015 Agenda. In May 2013, Victoria represented Jamaica at the Women Deliver Conference in Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia ‘among 100 Young Leaders from across the world’. She was also a part of the Jamaican delegation to International Council of Nurses 25th Quadrennial Congress in Melbourne, Australia. Melhado was one of 6 young midwife contest winners sponsored by Ipas to the 30th Triennial Congress of the International Confederation of Midwives, Prague, Czech Republic, June – 2014.

Victoria Melhado is the author of the books ‘Be Inspired!’ (A book of inspirational poems) and ‘7 Secrets of successful people’ (Personal Development). She is also the Founder and President of ‘Be Inspired International’ (A Community Based Charity). She received the Prime Minister’s ‘Youth in Service’ Award of Excellence in 2011 and was appointed in March 2014, a National ‘I Believe’ Ambassador by the Governor General, His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen, in the National leadership and mentorship ‘I Believe’ Initiative. Ms. Melhado was recognized in May 2015 as an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society for her outstanding voluntary contributions.

Victoria will expand the horizon of the youth and students attending Le Antonio’s Foundation Youth Conference 2015!


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Marcia Skervin – CMI, J.P Human Resource Manager, Director of Connect Your Dots, Radio Co-host

Guest speaker of Le Antonio’s Youth Conference 2015, Marcia ‘Moriah’ Skervin, CMI, J.P is honorably acknowledged as part of Jamaica’s history as the countries’ first youngest, Justice of The Peace. Marcia is well know for her talents as a freelance tutor in Spanish, motivational speaker, publicist, writer and singer. Her passion extends as a  philanthropist committed to The Ronald Skervin Foundation, which is dedicated to her brother who loss his battle with cancer in 2011.

Ms. Marcia Skervin is an alumni of Excelsior High School, the Stony Hill HEART Academy, the University College of the Caribbean and Edexcel/RDI UK and University of Sunderland, UK. Her studies include Human Resource Management, Business Communication, Marketing, Management Studies, Public Relations and Spanish. Her resume’ of experience expands to include hosting a radio program called “Equal Spaces” — funded by UN Women in association with WMW Jamaica on Roots FM. From the shores of Jamaica, Marcia she works part time with New Style Radio UK, where she co-host the program: Reggae Matrix; while keeping her current employment as the Human Resource Manager at BH Paints, Jamaica and also the Director of Connect Your Dots a motivational and consultancy company.

Marcia is also certified by UN Women in the following areas:

  • Gender equality and streaming
  • Mentoring and coaching
  • Communication and negotiation skills
  • Mediation and conflict resolutions

As an accomplished leader and mother Ms. Skervin can deliver a wealth of experience to the youth attending the Youth Conference 2015. Le Antonio’s Foundation Youth Conference 2015 is pleased to host her as one of our guest speakers.


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Gervanna Stephens – Teacher, Master’s Degree Candidate

Gervanna Stephens is a writer, poet, educator and overall “creative person.” Le Antonio’s Foundation Youth Conference 2015 is pleased to host her as one the guest speaker for the November 5th, 2015 Youth Conference at the Wexford Hotel, Montego Bay, St James.

Ms. Gervanna Stephens has produced a number of freelance articles and participated in various poetry events. A teacher of English and History at a high school in the parish of Clarendon, and a current Graduate Student of Northern Caribbean University in Manchester, Jamaica pursuing a Masters of Education.

She seeks to make a mark in whatever she does; her aim in life is to inspire and motivate others, especially youths through her past experiences. Ms. Stephens is also a photographer in her spare time, and is always seeking new adventures that will challenge her mind and push beyond the reach of what is deemed impossible in society. A lover of the arts and all things creative, Gervanna Stephens merely appreciates the simple things in life.

Ms. Stephens will bring much enlightenment and cultural experiences to the young persons attending Youth Conference -2015 as she highlights areas that can uplift and challenge the youths of this century.


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Ayesha Constable – PhD candidate, UWI

Ayesha Constable – an activist for young women, who is best described as a risk taker, a leader and a dreamer who’s not afraid to turn her fantasies into reality. After completing her undergraduate degree in geography at the University of the West Indies, Ms. Constable participated in a teaching exchange program in Japan. She is currently pursuing a doctorate (PhD) in geography, at the University of the West Indies, Kingston.

Le Antonio’s Foundation Youth Conference 2015 is excited to introduce Ms. Constable as one of our guest speaker at the Youth Conference 2015.

After returning from Japan, Ayesha taught English Language at a senior high school before traveling to Taiwan and Thailand. She later became engaged in the Commonwealth Building Bridges Fellowship and traveled to England with young women from across the Commonwealth for a one-week residential program where she was trained to deal with women’s issues and offer empowerment.

Ms. Ayesha Constable’s resume of achievements includes vice-chair of ‘I’m Glad I’m a Girl’, which was geared towards impacting young women from vulnerable communities across Jamaica through a residential camp at Mary Seacole Hall at UWI. She is also the youth advocate for the Young Women’s Leadership Initiative and was one of five representatives from the Caribbean who took part in Global Power Shift in 2013 held in Turkey, and in December 2014, she traveled to Peru to participate in a United Nations convention framework on climate change. In 2014 Ms. Constable also facilitated a gender, governance and empowerment retreat for leaders in St Kitts and Nevis with female leaders and teen mothers.

Ayesha hails from Glengoffe, St Catherine, and aspires to become a renowned expert on gender and climate change. She is not only a leader but also tutors geography at UWI, and considers herself to be a big sister to many of the students.

This brilliant speaker cannot be missed — her life experiences, personal challenges, and dare to succeed persona will have every youth sitting on the edge of their chair! Ms. Constable will lend a landscape of reality which speaks to the possibilities of achievement through self empowerment, aspiration and education.


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Kizanne James – Vice President, Jamaica Medical Students’ Association

Le Antonio’s Foundation Youth Conference 2015 welcomes Kizanne James as a speaker of our Youth Conference 2015! Ms. James is a final year medical student with over 15 years’ experience in youth leadership and volunteerism at the church, school and community level.

Her contributions have not only benefited those she serves but over the years has earned her numerous awards some of which included the University of the West Indies Mona Campus Award for Outstanding Leadership, the President’s Award from the Jamaica Medical Students’ Association and the Most Promising Young Vocalist Award. She also has a track record for academic excellence earning herself over 15 awards from the schools she attended with a special award in Music and Biology.

Ms. Kizanne James is the current Vice President of the Jamaica Medical Students’ Association; overseeing portfolios of Public Health, Medical Education, Reproductive Health and Rights, Human Rights, Policy and Advocacy. She has also been selected to represent Trinidad and Tobago as a Women Deliver Young Leader, a special cohort of 200 young people from 94 countries, this prestigious award not only provides a full scholarship to the Women Deliver Youth Conference in Denmark but also consist of online training and opportunities to improve the rights and health of women and girls in the region.

Kizanne is passionate about the development of Caribbean youth and has so founded Caribbean Youth for Philanthropy, which she hopes can be a resource for budding youth leaders for years to come. Her experience and passion for youth leadership will be a welcome resource to the youths attending Le Antonio’s Youth Conference 2015, on November 5, 2013.


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Mikiela Gonzalez – Founder, ProChangersJa. External Affairs Chairperson, UWI Mona Guild

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate but that we are rather powerful beyond measure.” Ms. Mikiela Gonzales, student leader at the University of the West Indies (UWI), and founder of ProChangersJa has used the popular gem as the foundation to her accomplishments both academically and socially.

Please join Le Antonio’s Foundation in welcoming Ms. Gonzales to Le Antonio’s Foundation Youth  Conference 2015!

Mikiela’s many awards includes multiple CAPE island and Caribbean placements, a Dean’s List awardee, member of the Mary Seacole Honor Society, Role model of the year for the Mary Seacole Hall 2015, and the UWI Primer Award for Service in 2015.

Growing up in the Inner-city community of Mountain View, Kingston, Mikiela has been exposed to hardships and understands that one’s background does not define who you are but serves as an inspiration for becoming the best you. She is very passionate about changing the socio-economic landscape of inner-city communities like where she grew up, and has applied to her life the belief that “action and vision can change the world.” Mikiela Gonzalez formed the group “ProChangersJa” and has been using it to inspire and encourage young people from impoverished communities to excel, as well as to inspire other young people to embrace their philanthropic aspirations.

Mikiela Gonzales also has embraced her responsibility as a leader to serve the UWI Mona Guild as External Affairs Chairperson and the UWI Actuarial Society as President for the upcoming academic year. This summer she was a UWI Representative at the National Conference for College Women Student Leadership.

Mikiela intends to pursue further studies and is passionate about making a positive change in Jamaica especially in her area of study Mathematics. This prominent student leader at the UWI is breaking that proverbial glass ceiling to become a significant woman leader at the University of the West Indies and a prospective national leader.

Ms. Gonzales’s passion, drive, and commitment to leadership will refresh the youths of the inner-cities, and all the youths attending Le Antonio’s Youth conference 2015 as they meet this inspiring young speaker on November 5, 2015.