SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The 2019/2020 St. Maarten Senior Carnival Queen D’shnay Mathew York and Teen Carnival Queen Shaneisha Robinson over the weekend embarked on an initiative aimed at building character and self-esteem amongst youth on the island.
The Youth Academic and Community Achievement Summer Giveback targeted students between the ages of 12 - 18. Members of the community were asked via Facebook to nominate a young person who has excelled academically or one who has done outstanding works in the community.
The queens then drew the 10 names out of 30 names live on Facebook. In addition to open, positive discussions, the youth were treated to breakfast and lunch on both days sponsored by The Johnny Caker and Yvettes Kitchen.
The second day was filled with outdoor activities where Pelican Peak sponsored a day of ziplining.