Kristeena Monteith is a young Jamaican putting her passion for culture, media arts and communications at the service of people and the planet. For the last seven years she has focused on creating and leading media platforms that prioritize and uplift the voices of young people.
She is currently the Creative Producer of Talk Up Radio, a public radio programme tackling global social and political issues with a team of young people. In addition to designing Talk Up Radio’s broadcast and social media content strategy, she enjoys investing in ensuring the show is a space in which young people can find their voice and the confidence, information and support they need to use it. Over the last four years, and more than 200 episodes, Talk Up Radio has given a mainstream media platform to over 300 local youth advocates, creatives, social entrepreneurs, grassroots community groups, young and senior politicians, business leaders and civil society organizations doing positive work in advancing each and every sustainable development goal and examining issues affecting young people. Three of their best types of episodes include their investigative features on social issues including, corruption and human trafficking, their regional and international check-ins, linking youth around the world to discuss global issues and their collaborative conversations where they invite government ministers to join them in studio and answer questions collected from young Jamaicans via social media.
Having witnessed the power of youth voice in activating youth action, Kristeena never misses an opportunity to use the creative industries to develop and support solutions to social issues affecting young people in Jamaica and across the world. She has worked as a Television Producer for Talk Up Yout Television Show giving a voice to Jamaican youth, a Scriptwriter and Story Editor for Ackee Walk Children’s Puppet Show – a televised series teaching children their rights as enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and a Project Manager for the U-Report School Tour, bringing civic technology to young people across Jamaica.