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Meet Our Team

Meet our team of experienced young professionals. All of whom have committed their time and energy and are using their skills and expertise to positively contribute to youth, community and national development.


Lanisia Rhoden

As the Founder/Chairman of the organization Lanisia served as President from 2009 – 2011. Her passion for youth and youth development inspired her to create the organization as part of her Community Service Project, after winning the JCDC Miss Manchester Festival Queen Competition in 2009. Lanisia is an Instructor and Entrepreneur by profession. Her love for entrepreneurship played an instrumental role in the development of the Youth Entrepreneurship Project (YEP) for the organization, which received funding from UN-Habitat Urban Youth Fund, the organization’s first major internationally-funded project. Lanisia completed the MSc Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of Manchester, UK as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar.Her passion for community development led her to conduct research on how NGOs and Charities can become sustainable by creating Social Enterprises to continue to carry out their social mission as her master’s thesis. This she hopes to apply to YWOP/YMOP to take the organization to a level of self-sustainability as well as to assist other NGOs globally to do the same, especially in developing countries


Ruth Christian

As a founding member of the organization, Ruth has served in the capacity of Secretary, Vice President and is now the President of YWOP. She was awarded the first Volunteer of the Year Award in 2010. Ruth is a result driven educator and professional with a wide range of skills set. She is passionate about young people and as a philanthropist she believes in giving back to her community whether financially, emotionally, spiritually or socially. She is a visionary and an ardent believer in achieving the impossible and that’s where her passion for YWOP/YMOP has developed. Ruth would like to be the best individual she can be and achieve the insurmountable and live her best life now.

Vice President/Secretary

Shaniek Smith

Shaniek Smith served as Secretary of YWOP/YMOP in 2010-2011 and was awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award for 2011. She is passionate about youth development, nation building and marketing Jamaica as brand Jamaica and enjoys writing creative arts pieces, doing voluntary service and drawing. Shaniek is a qualified teacher and has taught for over four years in the government system and is now working as a teacher in the private sector. She currently teaches CSEC biology, Chemistry, Human and Social Biology along with Cape Biology to individuals who wish to pursue these subjects over a one year period. Shaniek also teaches the primary curriculum to special learners. She is an enthusiastic environmentalist and agriculturalist. Her philosophy is “Whatever my mind can conceive, I can achieve”. She is an honest, hardworking, determined, trustworthy and energetic individual that get along well with everyone.

Vice President/YMOP

Seymour Rhoden

Seymour Rhoden is a trained teacher of History and Computer Studies and is an ICT Implementation Officer. He is passionate about the positive impact of using technology in the teaching and learning process to enhance the learning outcomes. He has been involved in YWOP/YMOP since its inception in 2009 and currently occupies the position of Vice President of YMOP. He is a strong believer in the voluntary/mentoring process to develop responsible young adult males.


Kim Dolphy

Kim has been the Treasurer for the organisation since 2011. She is passionate about people and interested in giving back to her community through volunteerism. She believes that the classic stereotype of a volunteer is someone who has lots of spare time and is looking for something to do, however that is far from the truth. Kim believes that her time as a mentor, volunteer and treasurer for Young Women/ Young Men of Purpose (YWOP/YMOP) has been a privilege and an honour and she is grateful that the organization has provided her with the opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others through mentorship, contribute to community development, assist those who are less fortunate and has built her confidence. Kim is a graduate of The University of Technology where she acquired a Bachelor’s Degree in Banking and Financial Services and a Minor in Human Resource Management. She has been working in the field of Finance for the past four years as a Loans Officer.

Liaison Officer

Eva Forde

Eva serves as the Liaison Officer between the organisation and schools involved in our outreach activities. Eva describes herself as a work in progress. A trained social worker, she has used her skills to embark into the world of coaching and entrepreneurship, and is the author of the book How NOT to Practice Social Work. When not volunteering or taking on a new learning challenge, you can find her representing the Jamaica Association of Social Workers, working on a new project, or subscribing to yet another self-help or business blog.

Assistant Project Co-ordinator

Charlene McLaughlin

Charlene Latoya McLaughlin is a Youth Empowerment Officer (Ministry of Youth, National Centre for Youth Development) and is passionate about Community Outreach, Youth Development, Training and Education, Entrepreneurship, Sex and Healthy Lifestyle. Like YWOP/YMOP mentorship has been a critical focus of Charlene’s while studying at the University of the West Indies. Having experienced the positive effects mentorship can have on the lives of vulnerable and at risk youth she was compelled to offer herself to service in this NGO. Her motivation is witnessing those at risk receiving mentoring and being able to then formulate their core values which they then use as a guide to develop themselves as useful citizens of this country and become nation builders. Charlene currently holds the post of Assistant Projects Coordinator and believes If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” John Quincy Adams.

Project Manager

Shamoy Hajare

Shamoy is co-founder and project manager for YWOP/YMOP’s Youth Entrepreneurship Project (YEP), which is funded by UN Habitat Urban Youth Fund. Before serving as Project Manager for YEP, Shamoy served as project coordinator in the year 2011/2012; a position which earned her the volunteer of the year title in 2012. She has assisted with the organization and facilitation of a number of initiatives and personal development sessions throughout the organization, including the Youth Health & Wealth Expo and the 3D Projects Treat for young people with disabilities.

Apart from her innate passion for volunteerism, Shamoy also sees Social Entrepreneurship as the way to create positive social changes in Jamaica and the Caribbean. Therefore, her present focus is on social enterprise development and educating youth and community leaders about social entrepreneurship.


Pheone Burton

Pheone has been a volunteer within the organization since 2010 and has served as assistant treasurer. She became a member of member of YWOP/YMOP group because of her passion to help the less fortunate and to give back to her community. Pheone is also interested in mentoring the younger generation to help them to make the right steps towards achieving their goals.

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