Supreme Counseling Services has launched a new programme aimed at mentoring the island’s at-risk teens and it’s in need of volunteers.
Chief executive officer Shawn Clarke is calling on Barbadians to do more than just talk and actually give of their time to assist young people in the rebranded Supreme Enhancing Lives Forever Mentorship Programme.
“As Barbadians, we have a culture of just talking and gossiping and we are very good at highlighting what is wrong and the negatives. We now have the opportunity to stop talking, gossiping and get up and do something to help remedy some of the problems that we have,” he told Barbados TODAY.
“It is time that we make a difference and become [mentors] to assist young people, so their lives could be enhanced.”
The programme is seeking at least 90 mentors over the age of 21 who will each be asked to spend a minimum of eight hours a month, for a period of one year, to help the youngsters.
Clarke said there was good response initially, after a social media campaign with entertainer Marvay, but some people did not go past requesting information.
“So far, we have about 20 people. We had several persons calling in and expressing an interest, but in terms of follow up and returning the application form, that is not the case,” he said.
Clarke said the Supreme Enhancing Lives Forever Mentorship Programme was important, because children “need somebody outside of the family who will not judge them and somebody to help them with special projects and homework”.
“It is very important. We would have had this programme going for a number of years, but we recently rebranded the mentorship programme,” he said, explaining that the rebranding was done in recognition that further help was needed for children who were part of the original programme.
“Through the guidance counsellors in the school, we will be identifying 60 children who are in the Supreme Programme who we believe can benefit from such an intervention.”