For Annakay Hudson, the vision of Senator Delroy Williams to make Kingston “the pearl of the Antilles” is no pipe dream but a plan of action now being adopted by forward-thinking young people, none more so than herself.
A resident of Heroes Circle in downtown Kingston, Hudson, 18, is the 2017-2018 junior mayor of Kingston, having been elected last week by a group of 35 youth councillors from across Kingston and St Andrew.
In her campaign to be elected, Hudson pointed out that she was very aware of the issues faced by residents of Kingston, and encouraged her peers to select her to effect positive changes.
“I have a passion for advocacy and I like seeing things get done. I’m also aware that in order to get things done, I have to surround myself with persons who are able to get things done for the betterment of my city and my country,” Hudson told The Gleaner on Thursday during the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) junior council forum.
The outspoken youngster listed crime, domestic violence, unemployment, undereducation, lack of infrastructural development, pollution, illegal vending, and other unauthorised businesses as the major impediments to the city’s development.
The teenage mayor stated that the junior council intends to partner with various organisations to achieve at least two major objectives during their one-year tenure.
She explained that the council would assist the KSAMC in generating awareness and understanding of local governance issues by ensuring that there is an adequate supply of information and access to information for citizens of the municipality.
This will be achieved through social media, in the form of campaigns and informative posts, Twitter polls and other youth engaging activities.
“Also, youth town halls, school tours, and workshops will provide direct communication between KSAMC and youth through schools, again to provide information and raise awareness, which lead to greater compliance with the rules of the city and the effective running of the city,” Hudson explained.
By: Syranno Baines