Meet Sandrine Morris, the 2016 Youth Empowerment Awardee for Outstanding Intergenerational
Initiative. Morris was recognized for her work as a Jamaican youth, that brought both old and
young people together in partnership for a worthy cause. In an interview following the
acceptance of her award, she stated; “Even though gunshots and wars are very frequent and I
sometimes get scared, I do believe there is still hope for my community and hope for the youths.
That is why I stepped away from the crowd and decided to make a change to help us all.”
At the age of 15, Sandrine was got ill and had to visit the doctor. It was this tragedy that lit a
spark and set Sandrine on the path to help others who were in a similar ordeal. Sandrine knew
firsthand the pain they go through daily, so she rounded up some friends and set out to change
the world one child at a time. She and her team visited hospitals and children’s homes in and
around Montego Bay, but she soon realized that there were children suffering from other
disabilities and diseases that also needed help. With that in mind; they set out to raise money for
back to school treats and selflessly pushed on to have her team donate numerous books, clothes,
toys and school items for the children. Her team would also take time to entertain and interact
with the children, with the aim of ensuring they all felt loved and valued by society.
Her love for young people and her dedication to helping them achieve their goals regardless of
their background or physical abilities, speaks distinctly of her character.
“My journey has not been the easiest but I acknowledge a destiny bigger than my own and that
is to help young people in need.” She stated.
A REWARDING JOURNEY
Sandine’s favorite quote and guiding motivation for the work she does is “Help Someone
Achieve Their Goals, I Will Achieve Mine”- Les Brown.
On March 21, 2016, Sandrine hosted a Youth Empowerment Forum, where she invited
successful young people who grew up in Garrison communities, from poor backgrounds and
non-traditional high schools, who have graduated from Universities and are on the path of
success, to share their stories with the children in attendance.
In attendance were fellow youth leaders such as Sujae Boswell and Aubrey Stewart among other
young professionals who took the floor to impart words of motivation. “I am pleased to say that
most of the youths who were in attendance have returned to say they were truly inspired and
have all graduated high school and are now seeking to further their education despite the critics.”
a beaming Sandrine shared.
“I am truly grateful for these awards because they show me that beyond my friends, club
members or children that I help have recognized my work but, Corporate Jamaica recognizes it
too and are onboard to help me fulfil my goal to make Jamaica a better place for our Youth. This
pushes me to continue my life’s work.”
Guided by her philosophy “spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without
leaving happier”; Sandrine aspires to be a lawyer and a politician – preferably within the
Minister of Youth.