The CYEN is a non-profit, civil society, charitable body that focuses its resources on empowering young people and their communities to develop programmes/actions to address socio-economic and environmental issues. The CYEN programme aims at addressing issues such as poverty alleviation and youth employment, health and HIV/AIDS, climatic changes and global warming, impact of natural disasters/hazards, improvement in potable water, conservation and waste management and other natural resource management issues.
CYEN views youth as an important and critical development resource. It is dedicated to developing strategies to engage and facilitate their participation in the development process. CYEN defines young people as anyone within the 15-29 age group. However, it is supportive of the transitional approach to youth development, which is articulated by the World Bank and agencies within the UN System (World development Report, 2001; World Youth Report, 2005).
The Caribbean Youth Environment Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of Caribbean young people by facilitating their personal development and promoting their full involvement in all matters pertaining to the environment and sustainable development. The organisation promotes education and training, Caribbean integration and community empowerment as tools to develop an ethic amongst young people that assists in the conservation and protection of natural resources within the Wider Caribbean.
The CYEN will be the leading youth environment and development network in the region responsible for creating an appropriate space for young people to participate in the design, development, implementation and promotion of new, progressive, equitable, innovative and sustainable environmental, economic and social development policies and programmes across the wider Caribbean.
The Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) is a regional organisation whose membership comprises youth groups and individual youth. It aims to promote youth in the Caribbean to take positive action on issues related to environment and sustainable development. CYEN is a registered non-profit and non-governmental charitable body (Registered Charity No.507 - Barbados) that has members and affiliates in fifteen Caribbean territories. Since its establishment in 1992, the Network has coordinated or participated in a number of activities and projects at the national, regional and international levels. Significantly, the Network has frequently sourced and financed short-term training scholarships for youth to attend leadership and other training courses. Beyond this the Network has been actively involved in advocacy as well as environmental education and public awareness programmes. CYEN frequently represents the position of Caribbean youth at regional and international meetings. It is undoubtedly the largest youth environment network in the Caribbean. The motto of the Network is "Unity, Strength, Purpose".
CYEN is an associate member of the International Students Youth Movement for the United Nations (ISMUN). The Network is a member organization of the Caribbean Network for Integrated rural Development (CNIRD) and partners on occasions with the Caribbean Conservation Association (CCA). Beyond this CYEN is a member organization of the Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC) and is a lead agency in the execution of the annual International Coastal Cleanup that is coordinated by Ocean Conservancy.
As of 31st July 2006, CYEN included 29 organisational members and 264 individual members across 16 Caribbean territories including; Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Dominican Republic, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St, Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago. Affiliate diaspora members reside in Bermuda, Britain, Canada and the USA.
The CYEN is governed by a Board of Management (BOM) that is headed by a Regional Chairman. The BOM is comprised of National or Country Coordinators from the territories that have functional national chapters. National Coordinators are informed by members at the national level and in this manner national issues are brought to the attention of the BOM. At the national level Advisers help to guide the operations and activities. The BOM sets the policy and framework for the work plan of the CYEN. Programme and project execution as well as the day-to-day management of the Network are the responsibility of the Executive Coordinator.
Over the next five years the CYEN will be focusing on: