Girls of a Feather St Lucia
Commonwealth Point of Light 73. Chelsea Foster
Chelsea Foster, representing St Lucia, is the founder of ‘Girls of A Feather’, a non-profit organisation that aims to empower young women and girls.
Since launching the organisation in 2013 when she was just 17 years old, she has encouraged girls aged 10-18 to discuss the issues that affect them most, including gender based violence, economic empowerment, and reproductive health. During their nine-month placements on her flagship ‘Girls with Goals’ mentoring programme, the girls are paired up with trained mentors who aim to boost their self-esteem. Chelsea also leads projects such as digital skills workshops, recruitment fairs, and tutoring sessions, where the attendee’s accomplishments are celebrated and shared. The St Lucia Government recently named Chelsea ‘Youth of the Year’ for her work supporting disadvantaged girls.
Janet Douglas, UK High Commissioner in St Lucia, said:
“I am delighted that Chelsea is being recognised with a Commonwealth Points of Light award for her work in empowering and supporting women and girls. The positive effect that her organisation ‘Girls of a Feather’ is having on the lives of young women in St Lucia makes this reward richly deserved.”
“I would like to thank the her Majesty The Queen and the British High Commission for recognising the work and impact that ‘Girls of A Feather’ has had on young women and girls in St Lucia through our voluntary mentorship programs. It is truly an honour to be receiving the Points of Light award on the group’s behalf and for my country. The receipt of this award is a major incentive and inspiration to continue creating opportunities for volunteers which allow them to become better advocates on gender issues while helping to shape the lives of marginalised youth in their communities.”
Pictured below: Chelsea receiving her award from Tim Stew MBE, UK High Commissioner in Trinidad and Tobago, at the High Commission in Port of Spain, where she is currently based for her studies.