Lucien York in his graduation photograph holding his degree


Lucien is a 24-year old Youth Ambassador for the World Literacy Foundation hailing from the beautiful Caribbean Island St. Kitts and Nevis.

At the age of seven, Lucien was diagnosed with one of the highest levels of dyslexia. On several occasions growing up Lucien had to find courage within himself just to face his peers and educators. He found it hard to be around those who only saw him as someone who was holding back the class, but Lucien developed courage, and this kept him going to school.

As Lucien got older, he had to show adaptability at numerous times when working through issues with his life and career caused by his dyslexia and basic levels of literacy. However, Lucien developed a strong will and says his faith in God helped him to develop his courage, perseverance and resilience allowing him to excel personally and academically.

Lucien has managed to achieve great things so far and 2022 has been a great year for him. Lucien became a Youth Ambassador for the World Literacy Foundation in Summer 2022. He is also featured as one to watch on the 25 Most Remarkable Teens of Saint Christopher and Nevis and received an Honourable Mention at the ‘2022 Change the World – Model United Nations’, and a 2022 World Civility Icon award.

Lucien shows perseverance and resilience in his everyday life and always makes sure that he puts himself forward to work on projects that challenge his ability to read, so that he can help others. At times Lucien has felt like giving up, but his drive to help others always spurs him on and gives him the determination to see a project through.

Lucien is inspired by many great people including the wonderful Dr. Martin Luther King Jr who said, “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way“.

Find out more about The World Literacy Foundation here.

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