CANARIES youth leader Vernet Longville will soon be taking the trip of a lifetime to Lyon in France to represent St. Lucia and the Caribbean at a prestigious international youth forum.
Longville, a teacher at the Canaries Infant School, has been selected to take part as a Sacred Sports Foundation youth leader and organizer for the Street Football World International Youth Forum, as part of the massive Festival 16 event.
This all expenses paid unique opportunity is supported by the German Foreign Ministry and the Sacred Sports Foundation (SSF), with which she has, volunteered for a number of years.
The International Youth Forum runs from June 28 to July 7, during which time Longville will learn new organizational skills and jointly help support the implementation of the Festival.
Street football world’s Festival 16 will bring together 500 girls and boys from disadvantaged communities from all over the globe, chosen not for their skills on the pitch, but rather their commitment to changing the world through football.
At the core of the event is an exciting football tournament – a unique way of playing the game that incorporates key life lessons into every match. Educational workshops and cultural workshops will also feature prominently, enabling the young participants to develop new skill sets and apply them in their local communities.
The street football world organisation is headquartered in Berlin and is an international network of non-profit organisations that use football to engage young people and teach them life skills. It connects grassroots initiatives and amplifies their impact working with 100 organisations from over 60 countries that use football to tackle issues in health, education, gender equality and more. Sacred Sports Foundation (SSF) was accepted for membership in 2013 and remains the only member of the network in the English speaking Caribbean.
This will be the biggest Youth Forum organized by this global network ever and is a unique lifetime opportunity for the Canaries young women which will see her participate alongside youth leaders from around the world.
Longville is expected to present a workshop on child safeguarding, an area she has assisted Sacred Sports Foundation with during her programme efforts with the Foundation.