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This Week We Feature Young Professional Kevon S. Lettsome

This week's Young professional Mr. Kevon S. Lettsome is one to keep a close eye on as he is destined to become one of the young generation of politicians in the VI. Photo: VINO
When Mr Kevon S. Lettsome is not with students or trailing politics, you can be sure to find him making a difference in the lives of youths in the field of basketball. Photo: VINO/File
When Mr Kevon S. Lettsome is not with students or trailing politics, you can be sure to find him making a difference in the lives of youths in the field of basketball. Photo: VINO/File
Mr. Lettsome, a PE teacher at the Francis Lettsome Primary School, is currently pursuing studies in Education at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College with hopes of attending University overseas where he would continue in the field of education, as well as politics and some amount of basketball in the mix. Photo: Provided
Mr. Lettsome, a PE teacher at the Francis Lettsome Primary School, is currently pursuing studies in Education at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College with hopes of attending University overseas where he would continue in the field of education, as well as politics and some amount of basketball in the mix. Photo: Provided
By Cathy O. O. Richards

There is no doubt that there is a new breed of young politicians in the making and where ever that group can be found, you are sure to find our Young Professional for this Week, Mr. Kevon S. Lettsome.

"I would tell everybody when my turn comes to run for the Seventh District I am going to run and I will one day be the leader of my district mark my words on that for sure," stated a very firm and confident Mr. Lettsome. “… and I sticking to that because that is where I am from and I love my District.”

At this stage of Mr. Lettsome’s life as a youth, he ensures that none of the youthful pleasures of life slips pass him. He spends much of his time in social activities which for the greater part, entails working with other youths in the field of sports.

Much of his time is also spent on and off the basketball court, coaching the Fransis Lettsome, ESHS Golden Rams and the Rockers Basketball teams.

'Shaq', as he is popularly known by most, is currently on study leave from the Francis Lettsome Primary School where he is a volunteer Physical Education teacher. Today, he is a student of the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College where he is pursing studies in Education.  

This he sees as a stepping stone for him to pivot off into what he would love to do as a lifetime career, teaching. "I am a graduate of the class of 2012 from the Elmore Stoutt High School so I am now venturing out into the world, into that other stage of life that would determine how my life goes from here on," said Mr. Lettsome very confidently. He is already looking at the best possible University overseas to further his studies after completing College. "I even see myself being a principal one day."

He has started his professional career in the field of teaching, something he is quite sure he wants to do for the greater part of his adult life. However, while he focuses on that, he intends to actively and aggressively pursue a career in the field of politics and being a son of the East End soils, he plans on one day to become the district leader. "This is not just another talk for me, I have a passion for politics and you will see, one day I will be the Leader of my district."

Parallel to his advance studies in Education, when he ventures off to University, the youthful Lettsome said that he would be doing Politics and some amount of basketball. "I like the teaching profession too because I could get a lot of vacation and a lot of breaks and things," he said on the humorous side. 

On the more serious note, he said he has a passion for working with young children to attain a sound education. "In the community where I am from I see the level of education that is not of the best, I could tell you because I am usually around them a lot and I want to so much help them." 

Mr. Lettsome said that in his own small way over the years living in the East End area, he has been studying his people, their way of life and what are their most pressing needs. "I am around them all the time so I believe I know how to reach out to them and to influence a change."  

He said that for some time now he has been keeping a close eye on things as it relates to leadership and the governance of the Territory. This has caused him to create an assessment which he says brings to light - the shortage of youths in leadership positions.

“If I was the Deputy Premier of the country, East End would not look like it looks now, even if I was the Premier, some of the rules of governance in the BVI would have been different. Certain things I see happening in some offices I definitely wouldn’t stand for that,” asserted Mr. Lettsome.

He has identified the lack of proper structure as being one of the pitfalls of governance in the VI at this stage.

Our Young Professional has already aligned himself with Leader for the Third District Honourable Julian Fraser, RA who he said he sees as a great role model with a flair for youths.

“Hon Fraser is being my mentor at this stage and has been spending time with me explaining governance and how governments works, how certain things are done, what to expect, what studies I would need to do and the ups and downs that goes with being a politician,” he said.

As he pursues his dreams, our Young Professional is maintaining one thing, and that he wants to share with youths of the Territory and the world at large, “Education, education, education. Education is key in this life, I am taking that seriously and my advice to every youth out there is to take their education seriously. Don’t be misled once you are in school make the best of it. If you are not, remember once you have life the process of learning never stops.”

35 Responses to “This Week We Feature Young Professional Kevon S. Lettsome”

  • pat (17/01/2014, 08:39) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Kudos Kevon, I admire your quest for education
  • school child (17/01/2014, 08:50) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

    Run now SHAQ, the rep is a waste of time. He is to busy sailing and unaware roads being taken creating so much disaster for people. He haven't even pass up there yet to see the condition. He could of even send back a machine to grade put some stones in the holes.

  • Concern 1 (17/01/2014, 08:58) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    There goes another one of our hopefuls. Let's encourage him and others to achieve their goals in making a better BVI. "Shaq" we love you.
  • KJT (17/01/2014, 09:07) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Big up the youth man Shaq ,and follow your dreams maboy.You right with one thing.EE/LL leaders have the place looking bad.them man worring bout them self and who done have it friends them.Poor people hurt with them man in power.Doc an't ready and I waste my time voting for he.This man could never help you with nothing an't an't self a money vibas.
  • Hmmm (17/01/2014, 09:07) Like (3) Dislike (11) Reply
    “Hon Fraser is being my mentor at this stage and has been spending time with me explaining governance and governments works, how certain things are done, what to expect, what studies I would need to do and the ups and downs that goes with being a politician,” he said.

    Ohh jeeze!! Start wrong, end....well, you know it... All the best young man, but you got a lot to learn still, very naive but good luck in your professional and individual growth. As you get older and experience more, you will realize politics is a big game, you just have to know how to play it. It's not how you 'think' it is.
    • TO HUMMM (17/01/2014, 11:35) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      KEVON is in good hands with Fraser as a role model for truthe be told many youths look up to Fraser as he says what he means and means what he says…good going Mr. Lettsome the sky is the limits another great pick vino
  • weed (17/01/2014, 09:11) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Very interesting story just hope he does not turn out like some of the current politicians…good going Shaq
  • EE gyal (17/01/2014, 09:16) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Kudos Shaq. I admire your ambition and work you are trying to do. I hope that other youths in our community will look to this and follow suit. Keep on that postive path. Inside joke "Yuh ain't ready!" This will be your campaign slogan.
  • Slimshadee (17/01/2014, 09:45) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Kudos shaq
  • LL (17/01/2014, 10:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wow! Shaq! All that you desire, can happen. If you believe it you can do it.. praying for your journey to be great! Continue to shine!
  • Dj Swagga (17/01/2014, 10:52) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just wanna say that's a good look we need more young ppl to step up to run our country "THE READY TEAM"
  • xxxxxxxx (17/01/2014, 13:25) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    So good to see another local positive black brother...he seems on the highway to success
  • Twinkle Twinkle (17/01/2014, 13:56) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulations Mr. Lettsome on making the vino young professional you can only go up from here
  • ELSEE (17/01/2014, 14:01) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    GOOD THINKING. BUT SHAQ THAT'S A VERY BIG STEP.HOWEVER, YOU NEED TO EDUCATE YOURSELF BIG TIME,AND REAL BIG TIME, AND IT COULD BE POSSIBLE.
  • pops (17/01/2014, 14:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Kevon you will make it
  • ----------------- (17/01/2014, 17:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I remember him form the Fraser league, he seems very mature and discipline all the best young man and keep god as the center of your life
  • Dream Big (17/01/2014, 17:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    May God grant you the desires of your heart. Go out there and make a change in the world. As a young man you encourage and help alot of people who isolate around you to always do their best. Many look up to you and are encourage . Now choose the try path in life and Dream Big Politician!!
  • big girls rules (17/01/2014, 18:45) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    And he is hansome too
  • george (17/01/2014, 18:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Always great to see positive young men doing things god bless you kevon
  • Sammy (17/01/2014, 20:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    shaq i'm super proud of you, keep up the good works and keep being a positive role models to your peers.... push them to greatness they can achieve..... we need more young men like you in the community and we need more leaderships for our youth..
  • Fan (17/01/2014, 21:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats shaq on your win in the east end dr potter leaugue you broght it home....thumbs up
  • shelia (18/01/2014, 07:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    nice suite deman
  • high hope (18/01/2014, 17:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    HOPE YOU INDEED KEEP EDUCATION ON TOP OF YOUR LIST AS POLITICS IS NOT SUSTAINABLE
  • my two cents (19/01/2014, 18:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    seems like an intelengent young man with his heart in the right place
  • Electronics (20/01/2014, 15:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    keep Grinding Shaq, Real Solid and Intelligent young man!
  • Bukii (24/01/2014, 02:00) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    My bro shack is the next rep. For the 7th!!
  • Looking (18/02/2014, 12:29) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    I saw this young man all dress up like he has a job..congrats


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