Barbadian youth are definitely not in crisis, but most certainly in charge.
Chief Executive Officer of Barbados Public Workers’ Cooperative Credit Union Ltd., Clorinda Alleyne, made this observation last Friday while speaking at the closing ceremony of a Thrift Club Teen Workshop at the credit union’s auditorium on Belmont Road, St. Michael.
Alleyne said she was grateful to associate these sentiments with the 54 young people who filled the room over the past five days. She further stated that based on the quality of the participants attending the workshop, the credit union and the country would be in extremely good hands.
The senior official argued that the participants have all been positively impacted in no small measure by what they were exposed to during the week.
Referring to the theme of this year’s workshop, Je ne sais quoi, which when translated means: “I do not know what”, Alleyne argued that the phrase aptly described the transformation that each participant can experience when they started to tune into their gifts, talents and capabilities.
Alleyne pointed out that while the credit union would continue to make a contribution to community projects, it was projects such as these which the credit union will continue to sponsor because it was an investment in the future of the country’s youth, the credit union’s future and the nation’s future development.
Meanwhile, in an equally brief statement, facilitator of the workshop, Dereck Ward, explained that it was his intention to bring to the fore those qualities which the participants possess that made them stand out amongst their peers.
Ward reminded the parents present that their children may not always be what they wanted them to be, but he assured them that they would be more than you even imagine them to be.
He encouraged the participants to embrace every opportunity that comes their way; speak positively into their lives; and set themselves a standard in life and seek never to deviate from it.
Ward told the 54 participants that discouragement was never given, it is received. During the five day workshop the participants were exposed to such topics as: Understanding me; who or what am I? Is image everything? Etiquette; Mind mood and emotions; The dreamer in me; Social interaction — sexuality, dating and relationships.†(NC)