CHC Career Profile: Orain Edwards, Jamaica

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Orain is a youth advocate and international relations practitioner who has more than seven years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Orain has a Bachelors of Science degree in International Relations from the University of West Indies Mona Campus and will read for his Masters of Arts in Global Governance and Public Policy at the Middlesex University in London (UK). Orain currently works as the Program Manager for Jamaica Youth Advocacy Network (JYAN) where he focuses on sexual reproductive health and rights and HIV & AIDS. In his capacity as Program Manager, Orain coordinates three projects focused on family planning and comprehensive sexual education, LGBT and human rights along with HIV & AIDS issues as well as issues affecting marginalised youth. Orain currently works with international partners such as Advocates for Youth, and regional partners such as Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition. Orain has participated and presented at the World Youth Conference in 2010, UN Conference on Climate Change 2011, Caribbean Regional HIV Conference 2011, Global Commission on HIV 2011 and Aspen Environment Forum 2011 among several conference and summits within the Washington, DC. He has also been at the forefront of charting the inclusion of raising our awareness around the impact of climate change and the environment on young people’s sexual and reproductive health and the rights for young people in Jamaica, the Caribbean, and the Global South. He has experience in lobbying US policymakers, including Secretary Clinton’s Office, Ambassador Eric Goosby at the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, Congresswoman Barbara Lee at the State Department, and on Capitol Hill around foreign policy and funding for HIV and family planning. Orain has been actively involved in youth development and empowerment. He has participated in the National Youth Parliament for three consecutive years and sits on the UNESCO Education Advisory Board.

 

Orain is currently a Fellow for Atlas Corps. His host is Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, Washington D.C. CHC will be speaking with Orain in coming weeks about his experience so far.

 

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