Millennial Leaders United Launch Day Message

U.S. Virgin Islands — Today, Millennial Leaders United is pleased to share our vision, outline our first initiatives for the U.S. Virgin Islands, and formally announce the official launch of our organization. MLU was created to solve a number of problems in our community, so we’ll share our immediate vision for this organization. Our vision in 2020 is to:

  • Connect millennials with local, national and international leaders to affect positive change in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • Leverage the skills within the Virgin Islands and the broader Caribbean diaspora to boldly innovate our islands.
  • Be a staging ground for every generation to organize, participate, and improve the U.S. Virgin Islands by boosting voter registration and voter turnout in each district. 

 

As the world becomes increasingly digital, it is now possible to affect change on local and global issues remotely. The sheer power of virtual organizing was witnessed at scale following hurricanes Irma and Maria when the Virgin Islands and Caribbean diaspora mobilized to distribute funds, disaster aid and pushed for fair media coverage worldwide. “Through initiatives like voting drives, civics lessons, and community engagement, Millennial Leaders United seeks to add a new dynamic to the political landscape of the Virgin Islands,” MLU Director, Liston Gumbs III said.

Today, we’re also excited to announce our first major partnerships with Everyting Bless, KJ Dezīn, and online newspaper State of the Territory News. Each partnership is significant because they give MLU a clear and defined messaging strategy 𑁋 a strategy that we have successfully implemented on our launch day. As we grow, and our mission broadens, we will begin seeking partners affecting change in a number of areas and industries in the Virgin Islands.

We’re extremely proud of the role our first wave of partners will have on MLU’s long-term strategy as a Virgin Islands-based community action and political action organization. One of the key distinctions of MLU is that our organization is not interested in becoming a think tank. Instead, we envision bridging the generational divide throughout the territory, first with our community engagement and followed by a number of focused editorial pieces.

 

With our current strategic partnerships and a very simple and clear mission, we are confident we will be successful and welcome the public to lend their voice as we continue to build. “It was important for our team to build strong partnerships while leveraging the strengths of those partners to ensure we could sustain our growth,” Director of Strategic Partnerships, Yohance Henley said. “Our first three partners have allowed us to expand rapidly with impactful messaging.”

 

Anyone and any organization can become a member of MLU. Membership is free and unlocks MLU’s network to those interested. To clarify, members would not be involved in the day to day operations of MLU but would play an essential role in guiding our organization’s future initiatives, offer valuable feedback, and of course, have access to free events the MLU team will host later in 2020. MLU’s core team also referred to as the cabinet  currently includes nine (9) individuals with ties to the U.S Virgin Islands, members will also be a part of a network of community leaders, including partnerships with various organizations and brands that expand on our mission. 

MLU was also created to “bridge the divide in politics and our communities by cultivating and nurturing multi-generational collaboration,” Communications Advisor, Amaziah George said in a press statement via State of the Territory News. We envision our members using our organization and our growing list of partners as a resource for community action. Our partnership with State of the Territory News allows our team (and current and future partners) to tap into the online newspaper’s action-focused readership as we begin our push to boost voter registration and voter turnout in each district in 2020. 

Today, we are calling on residents and individuals with deep ties to St. Croix and St. John to add to our vision and even join our cabinet as we push to become more inclusive and diversify our long-term mission. MLU is eager to be a staging ground for community engagement in the Virgin Islands and our team will share details about new and upcoming partnerships later in 2020. Together, we can make it work!

Follow updates and development from Millennial Leaders United on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter


MLU Cabinet:

  • Director, Liston Gumbs III
  • Admin Assistant, Shakilah Liburd
  • Media Coordinator, La’nae Charles
  • Director of Strategic Partnerships, Yohance Henley
  • Community Outreach Liason, Nikki Fernandes
  • Research and Technology Coordinator, Dennis Gonzalez
  • Content Creator & Graphic Designer, K’Jani Hall
  • Policy Advisor, Shaulia Todman-Henley
  • Communications Advisor, Amaziah George

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Email:team@mluvi.orgpress@mluvi.orgdirector@mluvi.org

To learn about MLU, visit:

mluvi.org and sottvi.news/partnership-with-mlu

U.S. Virgin Islands — Today, Millennial Leaders United is pleased to share our vision, outline our first initiatives for the U.S. Virgin Islands, and formally announce the official launch of our organization. MLU was created to solve a number of problems in our community, so we’ll share our immediate vision for this organization. Our vision in 2020 is to:

  • Connect millennials with local, national and international leaders to affect positive change in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • Leverage the skills within the Virgin Islands and the broader Caribbean diaspora to boldly innovate our islands.
  • Be a staging ground for every generation to organize, participate, and improve the U.S. Virgin Islands by boosting voter registration and voter turnout in each district. 

As the world becomes increasingly digital, it is now possible to affect change on local and global issues remotely. The sheer power of virtual organizing was witnessed at scale following hurricanes Irma and Maria when the Virgin Islands and Caribbean diaspora mobilized to distribute funds, disaster aid and pushed for fair media coverage worldwide. “Through initiatives like voting drives, civics lessons, and community engagement, Millennial Leaders United seeks to add a new dynamic to the political landscape of the Virgin Islands,” MLU Director, Liston Gumbs III said.

Today, we’re also excited to announce our first major partnerships with Everyting Bless, KJ Dezīn, and online newspaper State of the Territory News. Each partnership is significant because they give MLU a clear and defined messaging strategy 𑁋 a strategy that we have successfully implemented on our launch day. As we grow, and our mission broadens, we will begin seeking partners affecting change in a number of areas and industries in the Virgin Islands.

We’re extremely proud of the role our first wave of partners will have on MLU’s long-term strategy as a Virgin Islands-based community action and political action organization. One of the key distinctions of MLU is that our organization is not interested in becoming a think tank. Instead, we envision bridging the generational divide throughout the territory, first with our community engagement and followed by a number of focused editorial pieces.

 

With our current strategic partnerships and a very simple and clear mission, we are confident we will be successful and welcome the public to lend their voice as we continue to build. “It was important for our team to build strong partnerships while leveraging the strengths of those partners to ensure we could sustain our growth,” Director of Strategic Partnerships, Yohance Henley said. “Our first three partners have allowed us to expand rapidly with impactful messaging.”

Anyone and any organization can become a member of MLU. Membership is free and unlocks MLU’s network to those interested. To clarify, members would not be involved in the day to day operations of MLU but would play an essential role in guiding our organization’s future initiatives, offer valuable feedback, and of course, have access to free events the MLU team will host later in 2020. MLU’s core team also referred to as the cabinet  currently includes nine (9) individuals with ties to the U.S Virgin Islands, members will also be a part of a network of community leaders, including partnerships with various organizations and brands that expand on our mission. 

MLU was also created to “bridge the divide in politics and our communities by cultivating and nurturing multi-generational collaboration,” Communications Advisor, Amaziah George said in a press statement via State of the Territory News. We envision our members using our organization and our growing list of partners as a resource for community action. Our partnership with State of the Territory News allows our team (and current and future partners) to tap into the online newspaper’s action-focused readership as we begin our push to boost voter registration and voter turnout in each district in 2020. 

Today, we are calling on residents and individuals with deep ties to St. Croix and St. John to add to our vision and even join our cabinet as we push to become more inclusive and diversify our long-term mission. MLU is eager to be a staging ground for community engagement in the Virgin Islands and our team will share details about new and upcoming partnerships later in 2020. Together, we can make it work!

Follow updates and development from Millennial Leaders United on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter


MLU Cabinet:

  • Director, Liston Gumbs III
  • Admin Assistant, Shakilah Liburd
  • Media Coordinator, La’nae Charles
  • Director of Strategic Partnerships, Yohance Henley
  • Community Outreach Liason, Nikki Fernandes
  • Research and Technology Coordinator, Dennis Gonzalez
  • Content Creator & Graphic Designer, K’Jani Hall
  • Policy Advisor, Shaulia Todman-Henley
  • Communications Advisor, Amaziah George

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Email:team@mluvi.orgpress@mluvi.orgdirector@mluvi.org

To learn about MLU, visit:

mluvi.org and sottvi.news/partnership-with-mlu

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