Young People Urged to Make Use of Every Available Opportunity

first_img By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporter Young People Urged to Make Use of Every Available Opportunity Health & WellnessAugust 26, 2011 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Pearnel Charles, is encouraging young people to make use of every opportunity they have been given, while allowing themselves to be influenced only by positive role models. “It is all in your hands. I have never believed that anyone holds my future, except me,” he said. The Minister was speaking at a Steps-to-Work summer camp closing ceremony, held at the Kendal Camp and Convention Centre, in Manchester, on August 24. Mr. Charles said the camp offered an alternative to the youngsters, so that they can head back on the right path and improve their lives and the lives of those around them. “If you don’t have an education and you don’t have a skill, you don’t have the possibility of getting a job,” he told the students. He reminded them that there will always be difficulties, however, they should map out a course of action and follow it to the end, in order to ensure success. “You have walked away from the drop-out stage, and you are back into the fold searching for an education,” the Minister said. He informed that some $33 million has been allocated to the programme, in an effort to recapture the young people, and bring them back into the education stream. Approximately 928 high school drop-outs, aged 15 to 18 years, who participated in the programme were given an opportunity to develop literacy and job skills to re-enter the school system, or seek employment. The Steps-to-work programme is designed to provide troubled young people in the PATH household, who have either dropped out of school or at high risk of dropping out, with a second chance to identify and develop lifelong goals. Mr. Charles commended the participants, noting that their involvement in the programme will ensure that they move from the drop out stage to become re-engaged, either in school or employment. The National Youth Service (NYS) managed the series of four-week camps, which began in July. They were undertaken in collaboration with the Ministries of Education; Labour and Social Security; and Youth, Sports and Culture; the HEART Trust/NTA, Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLL) and private sector entities. The students were taught numeracy and literacy skills, and took part in a personal development curriculum, formulated by the NYS, which will guide them to building appropriate and positive values and attitudes. Among the main objectives of the camp were: improving the students’ level of literacy and numeracy, through a curriculum developed by the JFLL; creating behaviour changes, through the personal development curriculum by the NYS and Programme for Alternate Student Support (PASS); and introducing at least one skill area per child, through a curriculum developed by HEART Trust/NTA. RelatedYoung People Urged to Make Use of Every Available Opportunity RelatedYoung People Urged to Make Use of Every Available Opportunity RelatedYoung People Urged to Make Use of Every Available Opportunity Advertisementslast_img

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