Trustee of Legal and Curriculum Development
Cherisse was the first benefactor of Small Enterprises for Education and Development (SEED). She won an essay competition in 2012 and secured a ticket to the Certified General Accountants (CGA) Sustainability Conference entitled “People, Planet, Profits”. At this conference, she was introduced to the Prime Minister of Barbados, The Right Hon. Mr. Freundel Stuart QC. While she was still in secondary school, this was the beginning of a fruitful and excited relationship with Ms. Francis.
She went on to become the President of the Barbados Youth Development Council (BYDC) for 3 years. During her tenure BYDC held various workshops on topics ranging from sexual and reproductive health; mental health and a panel discussion on marginalised youth including youth living with disabilities, migrant youths, LGBTQI youths and religious youths. With support from Corporate Barbados’ foundations, such as the Sandy Lane Trust, BYDC hosted the inaugural Barbados Youth Awards ceremony, which paid tribute to youths making a difference in Barbadian society and leaving a legacy for others to follow. Most noteworthy, Ms. Francis represented BYDC on the National Youth Policy Implementation Committee, spearheaded by the Ministry of Youth. This committee oversaw the creation of the Barbados Youth Parliament.
After completing her studies in Barbados, Cherisse went on to completing her Legal Education Certificate at the Hugh Wooding Law School of Trinidad and Tobago. There, she created a project called 21st Century Woman, which focused on female empowerment. For 6 months, her team produced weekly empowerment workshops and also created a penpal and mentorship programme for the residents of the St. Jude’s Home for Girls; a detention and rehabilitation centre in Port-of-Spain.
All the while, Cherisse continued to support SEED by facilitating training sessions for interns of the Micro Macro Internship Programme. She has gracefully accepted our invitation to serve as Trustee of Legal and Curriculum Development, while completing her Masters of Law in Human Rights and Criminal Justice at the University of Aberdeen, after receiving the Commonwealth to UK Masters Scholarship.