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CMP015 - A life after CRIME with Mtima Solwazi - Poet and Founder of Cascadoo Caribbean New Voices International
Our special guest and Caribbean Mentor is a living example of displaying resilience in the quest for achieving success by utilizing the spoken word as a tool for cognitive-behavioural therapy, social activism, civic engagement, arts education, and literacy development. Our mentor left secondary school in 1988 with four CXC subjects at the Basic level and was deemed an at-risk deviant youth who was engaged in the street-level narcotics trade and gang affiliated activities from the age of thirteen. But this is not where his journey ends. At present, he is a post-graduate Sociology student of the University of the West Indies and holder of a Bachelor of Sciences with Honors in Psychology with Minors in Sociology and Criminology. He has been actively involved in youth and community development for the past two decades working with disenfranchised youth in high-risk environments and criminogenic communities across Trinidad. A past trainee himself, he dedicated his services to Servol for the past 14 years. Currently he is employed as a Community Action Officer with the Citizen Security Programme (CSP) a division of the Ministry of National Security. A self-published poet, our mentor continues to use the spoken word poetry as a catalyst for social change through is annual spoken word festival – Cascadoo Caribbean New Voices International Festival of Spoken Word. He is the recipient of several community awards for his selfless dedication and continued commitment towards youth and community development. Ladies and Gentlemen…Caribbean Nation… …Let’s meet Mr. Mtima Solwazi.
CMP007 - Think; Plan; Pray and Do with Dr. Paloma Mohamed - Award winning Poet and Behavioral Scientist
Our special guest and Caribbean Mentor has a very creative mind. She has been producing creative work since the age of 13. To date she has written and directed over 30 plays; published two collections of poetry; executive produced 32 films; published 9 books and has been involved in 14 major arts projects. As an arts advocate she has developed policy in conjunction with CARICOM and the United Nations. As an academic she is a behavioral scientist and the former Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Guyana and has produced several research articles and policy reports on topics like adolescent sexual and reproductive rights and the status of young artist in the region. She has won several major awards including the Guyana Prize for literature on three occasions (1998, 2000 and 2008), a City of New York Award (2011) two National Presidential Awards including the Cacique from National Drama Association of TT. In 2015 she was awarded the Anthony Sabga Caribbean Awards for Excellence in the category of ‘Arts and Letters’. She is recognized as one of the most influential figures in Guyanese and Caribbean culture. Ladies and Gentlemen…Caribbean Nation…let’s meet Dr. Paloma Mohamed.