Where are they now?
So what was the result of Youth Support's
involvement with Jamaican youth and of taking young people to the World
Youth Forum in London?
Such ventures are always prone to criticism
from those who know no better or who want an excuse for not helping 'Oh
its a waste of time' 'Why waste money on young people - let them get a
job!' Many would scoff that the young people were after a holiday or
just lived the good life in London and came back with a sense of
superiority over their peers. Others would suggest that they may have been
trying to emigrate illegally ... so many rebukes.
Well think again!
All the youth
involved in the programme have gone back to their schools as head boy
or head girl. They have graduated high school and some have gone on to
university or are waiting to do so. Andre is teaching at his old
school while waiting for a University course.
Omar is working and
gaining experience before starting a degree course.
And what did they
first ask for in London? Where are the discos? .. NO. Where are the
shops? ... NO. They asked where the libraries were and how
they could find study books!
These kids and
others like them deserve all our help for the future. They are a
credit to themselves, to their families, to Youth Support and to
are youth who can make a difference. Best of all - they are not
content to 'rest on their laurels' or to think only of themselves. They
are all actively involved in helping their peers and are working hard to
make the 2004 World Youth Forum
and International conference at the University of the West Indies Mona a
reports for further details
During 2002 ‘Youth Support Jamaica’ promoted two important events –
Youth Forum’ – An opportunity for Jamaican Youth to be able to
participate in the ‘World Youth Forum’ to be held in London in October
Youth Forum formed part of the fourth International Conference on
Adolescent Health and Welfare – an established major international event
which traditionally has had input from Jamaican professionals. The Forum
provided a unique opportunity for Youth from all over the world to discuss
important issues and experiences and learn from other young people,
international experts and celebrities. The aim was for delegates to carry
lessons learned back to their own countries and to thus enable them to
inform their peers and leaders / mentors in the hope of improving present
practices and future conditions for youth – who are indeed
‘Our Resource for the Future’
Youth Support Jamaica offered Jamaican
companies and organizations the opportunity to be part of this important
initiative – either by advertising at the event in The Barbican – London
or by sponsoring young people to attend. Unfortunately sponsorship
was not available for forum 2002 and Youth Support paid for the Youth
entirely unaided. We hope that sponsorship will be forthcoming for the
event in 2004
Some of the first youth to
be chosen as delegates participated in our promotional event at Devon
House (The Grogg Shop) on Tuesday March 26th where we also
launched the book ‘As My Mother Taught Me’. Interested companies and the
Media were invited to join us.