Participants who participated in this year’s S.A.F. E. Zone 2018 received their certificates of completion at the closing ceremony held at the Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology, St Michael last Friday.
The 34 participants who received training for five weeks to shape them into functional adolescents received words of wisdom from Pastor Roger Husbands who advised them to stop the chicken mentality and embrace the eagle mentality.
“There are young people who come into my programme who are picking at the ground because that is all they can see; they learned it from their parents; they learned it from people in the society; they learned it from their community. There are some people who cannot see above themselves because they choose not to see above themselves,” Husbands said. He added that he is tired of seeing young people not soaring to new heights.
“I am tired of you feeling like you cannot be any more than what you are right now. I’m tired of that,” he said, noting that if he could change his life coming out of prison, then all the 34 students can as well.
“I used to smoke drugs, I went to prison [and] I was living on the street for a period of time. I went through a lot of issues. My brother used to do it. [He] ran gangs, so I followed my brother to do a lot of foolishness and I thought that was all I could do. You see that chicken mentality – my mother was poor, my family was poor and I did not have any CXCs so I thought I had to be like that too,” Husbands told the students who were attentively listening to his story.
“I am glad that you do not remain the way you started. I am glad that when you start to think a little more seriously about your life and realize that it is your life, you can do everything you want to do… I used to come last in class all the time because I was still picking like a chicken. Whatever was there, I taking it and going with it, not realizing that the true me was a soaring bird. I allowed the chickens to trick me into becoming a chicken too,” he said.
Husbands disclosed that he was inspired by someone at rehab to go back to school and after years of being told he could not achieve anything in life he received all Grade 1’s at CXC.
“After being inspired [to believe] that I am an eagle, I started looking at other people [who] were going places too. I was now looking at the men who were soaring and going somewhere and I said if they can go somewhere then I can go somewhere,” he recalled.
Husbands explained to the students that they are the reason they cannot achieve in school and they have no one but themselves to blame for their shortcomings.
“You are the problem why you cannot do well in school, you are the problem why you are always getting in trouble. Do not blame anybody else. It is you because you can do better. Look at the person next to you and say that you are not a chicken, you are born to be an eagle,” he said. (LG)