Over 600 young people were told yesterday to be “legacy leavers” by exhibiting selfless work in their communities.
The advice came from senior lecturer in Management at the University of the West Indies’ Cave Hill Campus, Dr Deon Greenidge as he delivered the feature address at the Supreme Counselling for Personal Development’s graduation ceremony at the Queen’s Park Steel Shed.
Speaking on the theme ‘Be A Better Me’, the UWI lecturer told his audience “it is not the way I think of you that matters, but the way you think of yourself is going to have an impact on your success or what you become.”
“Only you can make you a success. Only you can make you a productive member of the society. Take personal responsibility for your success and do the things necessary for you to succeed. Use your strengths to your advantage. Limitations only exist in our minds. Surround yourselves with positive people,” Dr Greenidge advised.
He also made a call for corporate Barbados to get involved in projects such as Supreme Counselling, saying that “they have the potential to decide if Barbados maintains its status as one of the most highly developed third world countries or descend into the status of a failed state over the next 50 years of its existence.”
Director of the Non-Governmental Organisation, Sean Clarke revealed that they were currently mentoring 606 students drawn from six of the island’s secondary schools.
These schools are Frederick Smith, Princess Margaret, Grantley Adams Memorial, Parkinson Memorial, St George Secondary and Lester Vaughan.
Addressing the audience which included member of parliament for the City, Jeffrey Bostic, Clarke said that some of the senior students who had benefited from Supreme Counselling had gone on to be either head-boys/girls or deputy head-boys/girls of their respective schools.
“I want you to prove the haters of young people wrong when they say that our young people are no good. I have 606 young people in this programme to prove them wrong,” he stated.
Directing his comments to the parents and guardians in the audience, Clarke said it was important for them to lend their support in as many ways possible.
“Parents and guardians we need you to continue or start supporting your children. When they fall, be there to pick them up because each one of these young people present will be successful in some area of life.
“They are not in Supreme Counselling because they are problem children. They are in Supreme Counselling because they are special. We know that with a little shaping to get rid of the rough edges they will live up to their true potential. I have confidence in them. Parents and guardians you need to have confidence in them as well [and] you must acknowledge their success as well. Do not kill your child’s spirit with harsh criticism,” Clarke cautioned.
He insisted that harsh criticism from parents usually “hurts a child to the core”, and warned them that even though they would have brought the children into this world he sees them as “his children”. (NC)