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St. Thomas’ Future Leaders Discuss Future of Youths With Clinton In Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN — Three people from St. Thomas joined in a lively discussion about the future of today’s youths that was moderated by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Puerto Rico this week.

My Brother’s Workshop trainee and Charlotte Amalie High School senior Adajah Benjamin joined disaster risk management specialist for IsraAID Sawana Fabien and food security activist Carolyn Miles for a panel discussion on Supporting Tomorrow’s Leaders: Creating Opportunities for Youth with Secretary Clinton.

Clinton and CGI panelist members addressed the crowd of over 600 guests gathered together from around the world on Wednesday to discuss disaster recovery programs with a heavy emphasis on youth and female empowerment.

Upon exiting the stage, Adajah was approached by a number of members in the audience with requests to address the youth in their communities with her story as a means to encourage and empower other young women and men to take action.

The Clinton Global Initiative Network panelists that took the stage as the day progressed consisted of leaders in their fields.

Those included (but weren’t limited to) Mayor Carmen Cruz, U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Albert Bryan, Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley and President Bill Clinton.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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