Meet the 50/50 Youth Team

Our team is growing! Smile 

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Please visit the “Meet our Researchers” page to get to know a few new faces.

50/50 Youth Members now meet in two Working Groups to discuss research, policies and programmes which contribute to positive youth development. Some members may participate in both groups.

The Research Working Group of experienced academic researchers will be focusing its energies on helping to build up the evidence base for youth development. We look forward to publishing more and sharing new research resources with youth development stakeholders.

The Policy and Advice Working Group of youth development practitioners also contribute to the cluster’s research agenda but will also offer their expertise through policy advice and capacity-building initiatives for regional youth organisations.

Looking forward to  engaging you.


2016 Caribbean Child Research Conference

This year, SALISES’ annual Caribbean Child Research Conference (CCRC) will move outside the Jamaican capital of Kingston to central Jamaica. The 2016 event will be held in cool Mandeville, Jamaica under the theme, “Promoting the Rights of Children in extremely difficult circumstances”, from November 2-4, 2016

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Please visit the conference site to download the Calls for Papers for Adult Researchers and Outstanding Child Researchers. Click here.

Deadline for Adult Researchers : July 15
Deadline for Child Researchers: September 30

The annual CCRC is a regional interdisciplinary conference covering a range of child related themes. The conference aims to share research on children, strengthen the network of researchers on children’s issues, and encourage research in areas that are often “under-researched”.

The CYDC Agenda of Priority Actions for Research, Policies and Programmes for Caribbean Youth, Post 2015

The Caribbean Youth Development Conference (CYDC), having been convened in Kingston, Jamaica by the 50/50 Youth Cluster of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) at the University of the West Indies (UWI), in partnership with the Caribbean Regional Youth Council (CRYC), and with the support of national, regional and international development agencies, has reached agreement among its delegates, representing youth development stakeholders across the Caribbean, on directions for youth inclusion in sustainable development in the Caribbean, Post 2015.

The CYDC has now affirmed the commitment of stakeholders to, individually and collectively, advance an evidence-based, youth participatory, transparent, professionalized, sectorally-integrated, regionally-inclusive and collaborative framework for Caribbean youth development.

The Agenda for Action document outlines the recommendations of the Conference in three areas: Youth Development Research; Public Sector Youth Policy; and Projects and Programmes in Support of Youth Development.

To see the specific recommendations, download the full document here and share with others. Organisations are welcome to submit Letters of Intent to SALISES, to signal any initiatives they wish to undertake in support of the Agenda.

Thank You for Making #CYDC2015 a Success!

50/50 Youth is grateful to all those who contributed research papers, reflections on practice and concept notes to the inaugural Caribbean Youth Development Conference (CYDC) which was held at the UWI Regional Headquarters from 30th September to 2nd October, 2015. Your contributions enabled a wide range of stakeholders – Ministers of Youth, Permanent Secretaries in Ministries of Youth Affairs, Directors of Youth, Regional Youth Leaders, National Youth Leaders, community youth representatives, academics and youth workers – to think critically about the directions for sustainable development in the Caribbean. Among the commitments made by delegates are agreements to:

  1. Ensure that each country has an evidence-based youth policy, formulated through a youth participatory process and which is implemented via participatory youth projects and programmes
  1. Strengthen Youth Governance Structures (particularly National Youth Councils in each country), including in capacity for evidence-based engagement in development work
  1. Ensure effective regional monitoring and oversight of youth-specific elements of development agendas – (including a ministerial monitoring mechanism; a strengthened regional youth division in CARICOM; and strengthened youth capacity for regional oversight – CRYC, CYAP etc)

In the coming weeks, 50/50 Youth will release the details of these and other recommendations of the conference as a part of a Regional Agenda of Priority Actions for Research, Policies and Programmes for Caribbean Youth, Post 2015. We anticipate that various stakeholders in the sustainable development process will take responsibilities for specific actions which will contribute to positive youth development outcomes. For our part, 50/50 Youth will advance the evidence-based elements of the agenda, including actions related to training, mentorship and participatory youth development research.

NEW SALISES PUBLICATION: Special Issue on Children

Please do check out the latest Special Issue of Social and Economic Studies (SES), edited by Aldrie Henry-Lee. Against the background of the 25th Anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC) which was celebrated in 2014, this timely collection of papers entitled: “Reflections on adherence to Child Rights in the Caribbean” offers discussion on various aspects of the situation of children in relation to:

  • awareness of child rights;
  • violence against children;
  • children’s play;
  • rights to participation; and
  • social rights to education and health services.
Reflections on Adherence to Child Rights in the Caribbean

Reflections on Adherence to Child Rights in the Caribbean

The collection includes pieces presented at the Caribbean Child Research Conference which has been hosted by SALISES since 2006 under the Chairmanship of Dr. Henry-Lee. To secure your copy, please contact 

The First Draft of the CYDC Programme

Please visit our Conference website to view the Draft Programme for the upcoming Caribbean Youth Development Conference. We have an exciting line up of presenters scheduled.

We are likely to have to make some adjustments to this First Draft before September but all updated versions of the programme will be posted to the website.

Hope to see you there!

Did you notice our new logo? :-)

FINAL 50-50 Youth LogoWe are really excited about our new logo because it was designed by Caribbean youth and it is a vibrant reflection of the history and objectives of 50/50 Youth – that is, RESEARCH towards ACTION, through PARTNERSHIP.

It was designed by a brother/sister duo – Tamaisha Eytle and Kaiel Eytle – who enjoy lending their skills in the media arts to non-profit organisations, especially those with a youth focus.

Kaiel is a Filmmaker and Director of Photography by trade, but has dabbled for over 15 year in graphic and web design.


Filmmaker. Cinematographer. Dreamer

Tamaisha specialises in non-profit organizational development with an emphasis on the integration of communication technologies for effective non-profit management.

Innovator. Project Manager. Change Facilitator

Together they work collaboratively on many initiatives both in Jamaica and the Caribbean. They see themselves as true CARICOM nationals, having being born in Guyana and lived in Jamaica.

Click on their names above to find out more about them! 

President Barack Obama – A Study in Leadership and Communication

Barack Obama is undoubtedly a great communicator! His discussion with a group of Young Caribbean Leaders, at a Town Hall Meeting, yesterday afternoon was a good example of his skills in engaging with diversity.

During his historic visit to Jamaica, en route to the Seventh Summit of the Americas in Panama, President Obama requested a meeting with young leaders to “hear their views”. I was honoured to have been invited to participate. With an over 3 hour waiting period (including a long security queue), Tessanne Chin and Agent Sasko helped to prepare a wonderful atmosphere for the President’s arrival from his meeting with the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) at the UWI Regional Headquarters. 

On his arrival at the Assembly Hall of the UWI Mona, the Town Hall audience erupted in loud applause and screams of delight as he shook hands and waved to participants.

Check out clips from the Jamaica Gleaner’s  YouTube video (published, 9th April, 2015), “Greetings Massive! Obama addresses Jamaican youths“. (You may even see a few familiar #5050Youth faces! :-))

The Town Hall began with a short statement by Obama in which he greeted the group in true Jamaican style; discussed his administration’s focus on partnership with youth, human rights and justice; and announced two very significant areas of support to youth development in the region. These are:

  1. A US$68 million programme of support for education, training and employment programmes for young people from marginalised communities and disadvantaged circumstances in Central America and the Caribbean.
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  2. The new Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) which will provide up to 250 fellowship opportunities annually for young entrepreneurs and civil society activists from Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States. The fellowships will offer mentorship, network-building and funding to advance businesses and ideas. The full programme will begin in 2016 but a pilot will begin this year with 24 entrepreneurs involved in technology-based initiatives. Click the name of the programme above for more information from the White House on this initiative.

These are great initiatives and #5050Youth hopes to be able to document the experiences of those who will be participating!

After his statement, there was a “Question and Answer” period in which Obama demonstrated a keenness to listen to and engage young leaders in frank discussion, on any issue. Taking off his jacket and rolling up his shirt sleeves, he encouraged participants to pose questions with “no rules”. Students, entrepreneurs, civil society activists and academics used the opportunity to ask the President about inter alia:

  • China’s influence and investment in the Caribbean region;
  • The US immigration policies and implications for Caribbean people seeking to migrate;
  • Managing mental stress as a leader;
  • The changing Cuba-US relationship and implications for the Caribbean Community’s relationship with Cuba;
  • Promoting social change and individual activism;
  • The US federal perspective on the decriminalisation and legalisation of marijuana in Caribbean countries;
  • His lessons-learnt from the 2009 Presidential Campaign; and
  • Jamaica and Caribbean countries’ management of IMF structural adjustment programmes and issues of debt forgiveness.

In response to each question, even those which inappropriately sought to encourage him to advise Caribbean and other countries on their own policy decisions, President Obama demonstrated diplomatic aplomb and humility in advancing his ideas, without criticising others in an arrogant way. He shared his personal and professional experiences; what he has learned in policy-making and leadership; and his ideas on how we can all contribute to lasting positive social change and economic development, globally.

While some of those in the Assembly Hall were not as young as would have been expected and some of the young people were not, in fact, from the Caribbean; undoubtedly for all involved, it was a truly memorable experience!

For me, the occasion was one of excitement, education, inspiration and sober reflection. The priority given by President Obama to a discussion with young people – even with a tight schedule – is instructive. Isn’t it time for this kind of leadership in the Caribbean?  Chairman of CARICOM, Prime Minister Perry Christie, apparently said, during the regional meeting with Obama, that the Community places great importance on better outcomes for youth as critical partners in sustainable development. However, when last have CARICOM Heads of Government engaged young leaders in discussion? Isn’t it time for better communication?

Watch the entire Young Leaders Town Hall with President Barack Obama on the White House You Tube Channel here: (It starts around 58:00 minutes).