Jean-Claude Cournand is a social entrepreneur whose work is focused on youth development. At the University of the Southern Caribbean he studied a BSC in Behavioural Sciences where he founded the USC Debate Society and was the Vice President for the Associated Student Body. In 2011 he won the title of Mr. USC and served as the university’s ambassador, doing regional educational outreach. He was later awarded the Living Alumni Legends Award by USC’s School of Social Sciences. Throughout university Jean-Claude made a living through his own landscaping business and worked at KFC.
In 2013 he moved into the career of youth outreach work, creating and working in the position of youth outreach coordinator for Bocas Lit Fest, the largest literary festival in the Anglophone Caribbean. Later in 2013 he registered a performance arts NGO known as the 2 Cents Movement which continues to do outreach with 60+ secondary schools and 30+ primary schools annually and regularly employs more than 10 persons. His marketing experience includes developing the media arm of The 2 Cents Movement into a company, Impact Media, which has done work with Lonsdale Saatchi & Saatchi, Stetchers, Bocas Lit Fest and the Heliconia Foundation, among others
As a performance poet Jean-Claude has performed regionally including being selected as the only Trinbagonian spoken word poet to represent the country in CARIFESTA in 2013. In 2016 he was selected to represent Trinidad and Tobago in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) in NGO Management. Jean-Claude’s work includes founding the First Citizens National Poetry Slam, the leading spoken word competition in the region. As the managing director of 2 Cents, he has spearheaded the Trinidadian chapter of Girl Be Heard, a New York-based theatre group which develops, amplifies, and celebrates the voices of young women through socially conscious theatre-making.
Jean-Claude believes contributing to the development of Trinidad and Tobago. He is interested in film, writing and travel.