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Elsie Artemis (Photograph supplied)

A Bermudian student has organised an online event to inspire young people to set their aim high.

A flyer for the virtual event on February 19 set up by 21-year-old Elsie Artemis, who is studying in Scotland, explained that members of the panel will “get a chance to share their stories and inspire the youth”.

It added: “It gives people the chance to learn how they achieved their success in hopes to encourage them to pursue their own ideas.”

Ms Artemis’s organisation, PurpleMent, tackles mental health problems on its Instagram page.

A summary of Ms Artemis’s background said that she started PurpleMent in 2018 after she suffered mental health problems.

She wrote: “I remember how alone I’ve felt at my lowest and I try my best to prevent others from feeling like that.

“I believe in empowering the youth through other young people.

“I also think it offers older people the chance to hear directly from young people, our true potential.”

Kayuntae Ming (Photograph supplied)

Kayuntae Ming, a 23-year-old entrepreneur, is among the speakers scheduled for the event.

The owner and manager of Bermudian-based His N’ Hers Hair & Beauty launched her business in 2017 to “find healthier alternatives” to everyday products.

Her summary explained: “What originally started as a few DIY home experiments later blossomed into what you see today.”

Ms Ming has been involved in the Ignite Bermuda programme to accelerate island businesses.

Tiassa Mutunkei (Photograph supplied)

Tiassa Mutunkei, a 21-year-old activist from Nairobi, founded the Teens4Wildlife movement and will also talk about her successes in the event.

She said her organisation was “a space for Kenyan youth, African youth to share their thoughts and ideas on how we can conserve our wildlife and wildlands”.

Her brief bio added: “I started my movement at 14 after finding out about the fast rate at which we are losing our wildlife and how unaware people are about it.”

Ms Mutunkei was among the National Geographic Young Explorers of 2020 and has spoken at the United Nations General Assembly in partnership with the African Wildlife Foundation.

Jamahl Simmons, a Progressive Labour Party MP (File photograph)

Jamahl Simmons, a Progressive Labour Party MP, is expected to talk at the event about how “the ‘older generation’ can become better listeners and more engaged with our youth”.

Mr Simmons said: “Bermuda’s young people, like many of their generation, entered a world of economic uncertainty and deteriorating social cohesion, alongside opportunities unheard of by their grandparents or parents.

“Unfortunately, after years of seeing little real change, many are losing faith with the institutions that were the bedrock of society.

“As an MP, I I believe it is critical that our youth be respected, be heard and have an opportunity to drive positive change.”

Mr Simmons added: “I look forward to speaking at this event, but more importantly, I look forward to hearing the perspective and ideas of our young people.”

* The event will start on Zoom at noon on February 19. The meeting ID is 924 6931 2596 and the passcode is bepurple.

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Published January 29, 2022 at 7:57 am (Updated January 29, 2022 at 7:57 am)

Virtual event to encourage young to reach for the sky

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