“From the streets of McKnight to the Buckingham Palace!” the single line that depicts the journey of Trevis Belle. Son of the Sweetest island in the Caribbean – St. Kitts, Trevis was adamant in changing the mindset and shaping a positive view on his little community of McKnight.
At a very young age, Trevis has always been involved in his community and joining different youth organizations such as the Boys’ Brigades, Church’s Youth Fellowship Groups, etc. He also held a special place for volunteering as he would go above and beyond to help with bake sales, clothing drives and different projects that would require volunteers.
As he grew older, he became aware of how persons viewed his community of McKnight – synonymous with crime, gangs, violence, poverty. He wanted to change that, he wanted persons outside of McKnight to know that his community has positivity and love flowing through its streets.
Thus in January 2014, Trevis founded MADE St. Kitts (Making A Difference Everywhere). A non-profit youth organization geared towards raising the importance of volunteerism among young people through educational, training, development and mentoring programs and opportunities. Since the start of MADE, Trevis has been lauded of his work to getting young persons off the streets and to occupy themselves with something worthwhile.
Trevis being no stranger to the scene has been given a few accolades due to his work within youth development. In 2015, Trevis was named the Alternate Male CARICOM Youth Ambassador for St. Kitts and Nevis and represented the federation at the 2015 SALISES 50/50 Youth Development Conference in Jamaica. Trevis also represented St. Kitts and Nevis as a National Youth Delegate the 2015 CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting) Youth Forum in St. Pauls Bay, Malta.
Trevis has been recognized as a 2016 Queen’s Young Leader, where he and 59 other young people from across the Commonwealth travelled to England in June to participate in different media training sessions and workshops to enhance the outreach of their projects as a part of the Queen’s Young Leaders Programme. While there, the Queen’s Young Leaders also visited different UK businesses such a BBC, Twitter UK Headquarters, AMV, etc. They also received their award from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.
Trevis is also 1 of 30 Three Dot Dash Global Teen Leaders for 2016. An initiative by the We Are Family Foundation where they fly 30 teens from around the world to New York for a week long summit who are working on projects that are promoting peace via the basic human needs. While at the summit, participants engage in hands on workshops and activities to increase their impact and spread their reach. They are then given a mentor who are versed in their field to assist them for one year.
In 2015, Trevis was recognized by the St. Kitts Department of Youth Empowerment as 1 of 25 Most Remarkable Teens within St. Kitts and Nevis under the category of Youth Leadership and Activism. A special sitting of Parliament was called where Members of Parliament presented the awards to the Remarkable Teens.
Trevis also represented his organization MADE and St. Kitts and Nevis at the 2nd Youth Workshop on Global Citizenship Education in Busan, South Korea where the agenda was to mainly push for the Sustainable Development Goal #4 – Quality Education for all.
Trevis, born 10th August 1996 is a Leo; courageous, outgoing, determined, creative and responsible. Most of these characteristics make up a leader, a term used often to describe him. Continuing on his path to further youth development and youth led non-profit organizations within St. Kitts and Nevis, Trevis is now pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Communications at the Florida International University where he currently holds the position of President of his Hall Council which is University Apartments.