The CYEN is a non-profit, civil society, charitable body that focuses its resources on empowering young people and their communities to develop programmes/actions to address socio-economic and environmental issues. The CYEN programme aims at addressing issues such as poverty alleviation and youth employment, health and HIV/AIDS, climatic changes and global warming, impact of natural disasters/hazards, improvement in potable water, conservation and waste management and other natural resource management issues.
CYEN views youth as an important and critical development resource. It is dedicated to developing strategies to engage and facilitate their participation in the development process. CYEN defines young people as anyone within the 15-29 age group. However, it is supportive of the transitional approach to youth development, which is articulated by the World Bank and agencies within the UN System (World development Report, 2001; World Youth Report, 2005).
The Caribbean Youth Environment Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of Caribbean young people by facilitating their personal development and promoting their full involvement in all matters pertaining to the environment and sustainable development. The organisation promotes education and training, Caribbean integration and community empowerment as tools to develop an ethic amongst young people that assists in the conservation and protection of natural resources within the Wider Caribbean.