Philanthropy

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Giving back is a discipline that Tanesha continues to passionately live by. She is the first Chairperson elected for the Global Jamaica Diaspora Youth Council.

Her most recent role is below. Full list for 2018-2020 available on request.

 

June 2020 - Launched Inaugural GJDYC Online Youth Summit.

April 2020 - Launched the GJDYC COVID-19 Community Outreach and social campaigns.

Below are some of her previous achievements in the diaspora.

October 2018 - Co-convener of the welcome reception for Rhodes, Chevening and Commonwealth scholars at the Jamaica High Commission in London.

August 2018 & 2019 - Co-Founder of Experiences: a Jamaica Independence Celebration in London.

June 2018 - Co-convener of Windrush Lecture at Goodenough College.

July 2017 - Governor General Achievement Award for Excellence.

Nov 2016 - House of Commons for the UK Drugs Policy Review with David Lammy MP, Blaksox, Coreplan and Operation Black Vote.

Nov 2016 - Launched The Jamaican Youth Forum UK at Houses of Parliament, London. Conceptualized and organised by Tanesha, hosted by Dawn Butler MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for JA.

Sept 2016 - Student Ambassador at Birkbeck, University of London, variety of duties including promoting the university at Higher Education events in schools across London.

July 2016 - Partnered with London based crime reduction/prevention group, Youth Protection Services (YPS). They tackle issues surrounding gang culture including drugs, domestic violence and youth safety from pedophiles. Supporting parents in the toughest neighborhoods with children in crime filled areas, YPS provide self defense classes, security and mechanical skills whilst  encouraging young people to set up their own enterprise.

June 2016 - Guest speaker at at VITAL EET'S Supplementary School Awards in London for primary and secondary students. Her message entitled 'Your Words Create Your World' was well received by all.

March 2014 - Tanesha was a main speaker at The St Matthew's Academy in Blackheath, UK for International Women's Day.

Feb 2012Tanesha raised awareness and funds for the A21 campaign (tackling human trafficking in Europe) working with CRC London as a sponsor and stylist at the Faith4Fashion catwalk show during London Fashion Week.

June 2011 - Tanesha attended The House of Commons for a Prayer Breakfast with MPs entitled Raising Young People’s Aspiration where a short video of her was shown.

Jan 2011 & Mar 2011 - 7 Seconds to a Great First Impression Workshop at South Bank University as part of Inspirational You events. Helping students and members of the public improve their presentation skills.

Sept 2010 - Marched with over 200 people as part of the R U M.A.D. (Making A Difference) Youth Campaign to reduce gun and knife crime in the UK.

 

2010 - Tanesha became an Ambassador for GirlsCan, supporting young girls to reach their full potential and make positive career and life choices.

2008 - Tanesha was invited to 10 Downing Street to meet Prime Minister Gordon Brown after winning Volunteer of The Year, through TimeBank, for a facilitator's role at Walthamstow School for Girls dealing with issues on self love, body image and eating disorders in young girls and how it affects them in education.

Tanesha loves Jamaica and regularly travels to the island for business as well as philanthropic exploits. To get an updated list of Tanesha's activities from 2017 - 2020 please contact her as this page would go on forever. Her most recent role is below.

June 2019 - Organiser and Speaker at Global Youth Forum at the 8th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference in Kingston, Jamaica.

 

Her previous activities include:

September 2018 - Reading for UNESCO International Day of Literacy at the Institute of Jamaica in Kingston.

Oct 2016 -  7 days visit to JA, to speak at The Jamaica Christian Diaspora Conference in JA as the Youth Representative for the UK,  host a Giveaway with The State Minister of Youth for children in need and meet with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade among other engagements.

June 2016 - Presenter at the JDUK conference in Birmingham. Tanesha delivered a prescriptive solution of a work placement program to bridge the cultural disconnect between Jamaica and the diaspora youth.

Mar 2016 - Attended Parliament for official introductions to MP Dawn Butler, leader of the All Party Parliamentary group that focuses on issues affecting Jamaicans.

Jan 2016 - Appointed as the Future Leader UK (Youth Ambassador in the UK) on the Diaspora Advisory Board at the Ministry of Foreign Affars and Foreign Trade in Jamaica. Through this role Tanesha is able to lobby and represent issues affecting young Jamaicans in the UK, this includes young people born in the UK with one or more Jamaican parents, grandparents or great grandparents. These issues are referred to Jamaica's government where a prescriptive solution is developed. 

Jan 2016 - Elected as Youth Representative for the South of UK on the management Board of The Jamaica Diaspora UK (JDUK).

 

Jan 2016 - Completed a 5K fundraising run in London, personally raising over £500. All proceeds were awarded as scholarships to three children for academic year 2015-2016 at Wolmer's High School for Girls in Jamaica.

Nov 2015 - Appointed Executive Board Member (Secretary) of The Jamaican Education Taskforce UK (JET-UK), endorsed by the JA High Commissioner to the UK. 

 

Oct 2015 - Panelist on the Youth Empowerment and Enterprise Development in the Caribbean Forum.

 

Aug-Sept 2015 - Project managed the refurbishment of Padmore Primary School, as part of JET-UK. The school was at risk of closing down leaving 250 students without an education. Despite the setbacks the school had a 100% GSAT pass rate. Tanesha worked with JET-UK Chair, Seymour Mattis, a great team from the local community and specialists from afar. Foundations were laid for a new classroom, the boys bathroom was fixed and painted, the girls bathroom fixed and painted, the teachers bathroom extended and painted, kitchen unit rebuilt and painted, fridge installed, water tank platforms built and stable, plus so much more. Luckily the school was able to reopen in September after the structural developments were completed. She has overseen many other projects in countless schools and continues to be a real beacon of change.

 

June 2015 - Mentor at Spot Valley High School during the Diaspora Day of Service. 

 

June 2014 - Launch of Market America's business opportunity into Jamaica under the Emerging Market Programme.

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