Rebecca Solomon, RYC for Vanuatu:
Rebecca Solomon, the RYC member for Vanuatu, is the part-time Administrator for the Vanuatu National Youth Council. Before that she was involved as a volunteer helping the Council with logistics, communicating with youth leaders and attending trainings with the President. She was part of Oxfam's International Youth Partners program from 2007 - 2010 and has also been selected as a Mentor and Motivator for Vanuatu for the Oxfam International Youth Partners program from 2010 – 2013.
Rebecca has been an activist for 6 years now. In 2004 she decided to join Youth Challenge Vanuatu in going out to community and doing volunteer work. Through her volunteer work she has gained knowledge and training in issues such as mental health, custom identity, research methods, literacy, gender and culture, small business, development, governance, activism, human rights and child rights and life skills. These are the things that started her on the road to become an activist.
Rebecca is passionate about working with youth and has been involved in numerous youth oriented programs over the past five years. She attended a gender and culture workshop in South Africa, represented Vanuatu in the Commonwealth Youth Forum in Malaysia and attended Oxfam's International Youth Partnership program in Australia, attended the peace building workshop in Rwanda and attended Oxfam Mentor and Motivator training in Hong Kong. She also attended a forum in Cambodia under UNICEF about children and young people fighting for their rights. She was a Youth Challenger in the Youth Challenge International program in Panama. She was involved with the Young People's Project Lifeskills Training. She was a tutor every lunch time for the girls club. She was a key player in the setting up of the Port Vila Youth Council, co-facilitating the workshops that lead to its formation.
Rebecca is passionate about working with youth. In the future I would like to see all young people being recognised by the leaders in their country and communities. She hopes that young people will also realise the talents they have and use their skills and talent to make a change to their small corner of the world.