Kemesha Kelly was a teenager in high school just eight years ago and growing up in Jamaica she knew the challenges facing Jamaican youths like herself.
In 2009, Kelly spoke at the Students’ Council Week Launch and focus on the theme “Responsible Students Empowering Change“. Her speech was visionary and inspirational. Coming from a teenager, she had the maturity of an experienced and well grounded adult.
Just watch her speech and be awed by this young woman exceptional qualities.
For those who knew Kelly, this was not a surprise. From an early age her mother taught her the importance of education and self-confidence. Eight years ago she talked about the importance of providing opportunities to young people. Today she is a perfect example of what it means to society when young people are able to fulfill their true potential.
Here are just some of her many accomplishments;
- In 2015-Selected as Jamaica’s youth delegate to the United Nations 60th General Assembly
- From 2005 to 2008-President of the National Secondary Students’ Council (NSSC).
- In 2008-Facilitator for Student Solutions Symposia — organised by the Education Transformation Team
- From 2007 to 2011-Member of the National Council on Education
- From 2009 to 2011-the Prime Minister of Jamaica National Youth Parliament representative
- 2011-Youth representative for the National Partnership for Jamaica Council
- 2012-Miss Festival Queen in 2012
- 2012-Board member of the Jamaica Association for Debating and Empowerment and the Jamaica Youth Advocacy Network
- 2016 Chevening Scholar
- 2016-Programme Manager – Digicel Foundation
On Saturday January 20, 2018, Kelly addressed as valedictorian for the graduating #ClassOf2018 at the University of York. Her theme this time was how do we change the world for a better place.
Congratulations to Jamaica’s very own youth advocate, 2016 Chevening Scholar and 2012 Festival Queen Kemesha Kelly @KemeshaKelly_ on being named Valedictorian on Day 2 of York University’s Graduation Ceremony. pic.twitter.com/AbFSdkbqhq
— Andrew Holness (@AndrewHolnessJM) January 22, 2018
Congrats Kemesha Kelly, the sky is the limit.