Kennethia Douglas – dedicated to youth empowerment

By Victor Laptise

One of the shining lights in our widening pool of young professionals is the charismatic leader Kennethia Douglas who can best be described as a Provocateur.

She has a passionate desire to ensure that aspiring tertiary students do not suffer similar fates to many of her counterparts who are today disadvantaged in different ways through lack of guidance in their choice of careers and study options.

Two years after completing her secondary education she launched into the world of tertiary studies to pursue a BSc Degree in Public Sector Management at the University of the West Indies - Cave Hill Campus, Barbados. Upon graduation she returned home and was job-hunting for several months almost to the point of frustration.

In 2009 Kennethia returned to Cave Hill to pursue a Masters Degree in Project Management and Evaluation; her Research Paper was based on an evaluation of the interior design functional usability and implementation process of the School for Graduate Studies & Research.

She is now a Project Management Specialist at the Planning Department in the THA.

Professionally she is a member of the Project Management Institute and PMI - Southern Caribbean Chapter. One of her milestone achievements to date is the founding of the non-profit company -Tobago Society of Young Professionals which was incorporated in April 2012.

Upon her return home in August 2010 she had high hopes of making a contribution to the local socio-economic environment but the officialdom and inexplicable obstacles were standing in the way of progress.

Her concern for the plight of young professionals as herself, many of whom were unemployed or under-employed and languishing in limbo, provoked her to establish the Tobago Society of Young Professionals.

Her leadership qualities have never been in question as she has shown in a very determined way to lead from the front, regardless of the obstacles that may arise from time to time.

She said: "I have always found myself in leadership positions at secondary school being the co-captain of my 'school house and the RBTT Young Leaders Project, been on the Debating Team and I've also held a leadership position on Hall and in group projects at University."

In October 2012 she volunteered as the Site Co-ordinator for the Plymouth Outreach Programme which has been organised to empower persons between age 18 - 35 to achieve some measure of their potential. She loves the serenity of Tobago but believes that the label of the society being laid-back needs to be changed. One aspect of our work environment that is of concern to her is in the area of service delivery which she insists must be improved if we are to compete successfully and effectively on the world stage.

Kennethia is a member of her church young adults group and actively participates in its activities; she is a member of the Caribbean Institute of Women in Leadership (CIWiL) Young Women's Training Institute.

These words of wisdom uttered by Mahatma Gandhi are an inspiration to her:" Be the change you want to see in the world."

Kennethia credits her passion for self-improvement and growth as a professional to her humble upbringing and believes that humility is the key to success. Her message to motivate fellow Tobagonians is: "

Think differently …. look at what is out there in the world …. stand out and make a difference …. get to the place that there is no longer a fear that I would be victimised if I speak out …. Let's come together and work …. there is so much potential in Tobago. "

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Butter Pecan said on Thursday, Dec 27 at 9:54 PM

Keep blazing the trail Kennethia. Thank you very much indeed, on behalf of Tobago's youth.

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