Janelle Clarke is currently in the United Sates participating in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). She is taking part in a three-week project on “Volunteerism and Civic Action” from April 22 to May 10. Ms. Clarke is an Associate Attorney with Barbados’ leading international business law firm, Chancery Chambers. In addition, Ms. Clarke is an active member of Barbados’ Soroptimist International chapter, which sponsors activities at the girls’ unit of the Government Industrial School. Her nomination reflects her demonstrated commitment to maintain and advance consistency and transparency in public institutions and private legal relationships.
During the program, Ms. Clarke and other participants will examine the impact of volunteerism in U.S. communities and explore how volunteers are inspired to foster a culture of service, civic involvement and responsibility. Participants will also be exposed to best practices in volunteer recruitment, retention and management. This three-week project encourages mutual sharing of information to further voluntary initiatives among international NGOs and will provide participants opportunities to experience volunteer opportunities alongside American citizens of all ages and backgrounds.
Janelle has shared her Washington DC experience via social media commenting, “What an amazing day, filled with learning about the history of Washington DC and meeting awesome people from all around the world who are making such a tremendous impact in their countries. I’m honored and humbled to be in their presence and forever grateful to the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown for this opportunity.”
The program began in Washington, D.C. and Janelle will also travel to several other cities across the United States including Dallas, Texas, where the program ends in on May 10.