The St Catherine Municipal Corporation selected 18-year-old Javaughn Gordon, an upper-sixth form student at St Jago High School, as its youth mayor for 2018-19 at a ceremony held in the corporation’s chamber on Tuesday.
The annual event had seven participants, representing seven of the 29 divisions in the municipality. It was staged as a feature of Local Government Month, being observed in November under the theme ‘Protecting The Vulnerable … Establishing Hope Through Local Governance’.
Gordon, who resides in Princessfield, Linstead, earned four ones in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations Unit One in sociology, communication studies, law, and management of business. He is presently pursuing these subjects in Unit Two in upper sixth.
The 18-year-old was adjudged the most eloquent presenter, advocating in his presentation for a ban to be placed on sugary products in schools as a means of reducing obesity.
As part of his function throughout the year, he will be required to complete a community project, utilising $500,000 made available by the minister of local government.
“I am delighted to be given this responsibility. I will be concentrating on building a netball/basketball court in my community to bring the youths together in a harmonious way. For me, it will be an ongoing project even after my tenure is up,” he told The Gleaner.
Gordon said he plans to exercise strict time management to facilitate studies, community work, as well as his duties as youth mayor for the parish.
UWI student Julane Allison was second-place winner and will serve as deputy youth mayor. Third place was awarded to Chaldene Henry.
By: Ruddy Mathison