CMETT is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to introduce vulnerable youth in the English-speaking Caribbean to transformative travel opportunities, mentorship and life coaching in hopes that it will inspire change, empower their abilities and desire to succeed and help them to engage others in their community.
The Caribbean region is facing endemic problems of poverty, absenteeism, increasing crime and high levels of unemployment. Consequently, young people face a number of obstacles to growth and often fail to visualize themselves flourishing. This limited mindset pushes some youth into precarious situations. Targeting vulnerable youth, through a social program such as CMETT, increases the likelihood that youth will go on to lead productive lives.
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Chantelle S. Haynes, M.A.
Founder and Executive Director
Chantelle Haynes has always had a dream of making impactful change in the Caribbean. As a proud Jamaican and a staunch advocate for youth development, Chantelle is dedicated to finding innovative methods to encourage transformational change in youth. Prior to founding CMETT, Chantelle served as a Consultant with Justice for Juniors, a Washington, D.C. based juvenile justice organization that endeavors to reduce juvenile recidivism through mentoring and tutoring. For five years, she also Chaired the Justice for Juniors Juvenile Forum. This annual forum brings together prominent advocates, policy specialists, law enforcement and legal experts to discuss an array of issues affecting juveniles in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area.
Prior to her work with Justice for Juniors, Chantelle was a Program Associate with the Institute of Caribbean Studies, where she focused on youth development and social programs. She has completed much research on crime and violence in the Caribbean. Her writing has included policy recommendations on prisoner reentry programs, curbing crime and building community programs.
Chantelle is also the owner of G.R.I.T. Coaching and Consulting where she offers life and leadership development coaching to youth and professionals. Her coaching is heavily focused on building confidence, self-awareness, breaking away from expectations and life skills training. Chantelle graduated Cum Laude from Albright College, with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. She is a graduate of American University, where she completed a Master’s degree in International Relations with a focus on Latin America and the Caribbean region. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Arizona State University.