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Chelsea Wright

Chelsea Wright - 2019 Nominee
Position: Founder and President
Organization: Girls Who Know Jamaica
Industrial Engineering(pending) from Kettering University
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Enterprise Design Thinking-IBM
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Her Shero Award
    Awarding Organization:
    Her Flow Foundation
    Date Awarded:
    March 9, 2019
  • Award:
    Prime Minister's Youth Award for Excellence-Nation Builder
    Awarding Organization:
    Office of the Prime Minister
    Date Awarded:
    November 29, 2019
  • Award:
    Forbes Women 30 Under 30 Global Fellow
    Awarding Organization:
    Forbes Women
    Date Awarded:
    March 12, 2019
75 Public Votes Reached!
Mentored hundreds of girls about their sexual and reproductive health rights. Featured at Women Deliver Conference 2019 and a recipient of the prime ministers youth award for excellence, all while being a first gen student from a third world country. – Michael Morgan, Public Relations Officer at Caribbean Youth Environment Network
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

This movement has touched numerous lives, and it has been so impactful that Jamaican health professionals, media influencers and personalities have come on board. Her movement has gone international, gaining the support of a past Ms.World who has committed to being active and spreading the message through the Ms. World organization. In her quest to totally change the status quo, she organized a Health Forum on International Women's Day, where doctors, mentors and strong females in numerous professions presented on various issues surrounding sexual and reproductive health.Over 50 adolescents attended the forum to voice their concerns,otherwise deemed as taboo; surrounding the topic and were able to gain expert opinions from the panelists.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Girls Who Know Ja came from being in school where sexual and reproductive health was something to be tiptoed around and could not be openly discussed in class.
As an adolescent there is such a short list of people who you can go for information and an even shorter list for safe and reliable information. What is being taught in schools lacks Jamaican context and is always taught from the abstinence point of view and that this is your choice – this is the choice you should make and will make.

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

I would use this award to advance my mission by funding other projects that touch rural Jamaica, not only in the urban areas. I would use this new platform to form new partnerships that will strengthen the family planning movement in the Caribbean.

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