Conference 2002 - World Youth
Forum Reports 2
My name is Joseph
Buchanan presently a student at Hillel Academy. I was one of the
representatives of Youth Support
who attended the 2002 International Youth Conference.
The International Youth
Conference which took place at the Barbican Centre in London, England, was
an educationally interesting fun-filled sociable event for me in that I
got to meet other youths from all over the world. Present at the
conference were doctors, students, teachers and sponsors whom all made
presentations on various topics concerning youth issues over the three
I was proud and honoured
to be a member at this event, for this was where I found colleagues and
friends, with whom I was granted the opportunity to share my Jamaican
culture. Films, songs, poems, skits and lectures were all elements used to
shed light on problems we as young people are facing throughout the world
For example, did you know
that the media can affect the health of young people? Take models, for
example, they portray themselves to be slim, sexy females who are in a
near Anorexic state, thus influencing young girls to do the same. This is
from one extreme to the next, picture the McDonalds Advertisement and now
take a look at young people who consume the product... .they are primarily
obese. These are some of the pointers that I learnt from the conference.
In other words, I learnt how to access advertisements.
At the conference, each
day, while having our meals we discussed various problems affecting youths
throughout the world. This was very interesting for me because our
discussions took place in an atmosphere that made all feel as though we
were family. This was where I experienced equality for the first time;
positive energy filled the room as we chatted and laughed.
At the end of the
conference I was surprised because I was not aware that so many lessons
could be learnt in a week. I learnt the meaning of humility, team work,
diligence and companionship.
For me the 2002
International Conference provided me links with other youths from various
parts of the world with whom I am still in contact through the internet.
So in conclusion, I say
one love and thanks to Youth Support Jamaica for an unforgettable
experience and an incredible journey to
My name is Jodian Grindley.
I am currently a student of Newell High School in St. Elizabeth.
I was among a group of nine
Jamaican students who were privileged to go to London, to attend 4th
International Conference on Adolescent Health and Welfare. This visit lasted
seven (7) days. During our stay we met other participants from
Italy, Russia and people from many other countries. When we arrived we were
taken to a hostel. We all were very tired and hungry so we had something to
eat then we showered and retired for the night.
On the first day we were
taken on a tour. We visited the Queenís house where we saw monuments of past
queens; we then visited London Tower and from there we were able to view
sections of London.
We also visited the St. Paul Cathedral where we had the opportunity to
purchase souvenirs. We also visited shopping centres located on such famous
streets as Bond, Regents and Oxford Streets where we were allowed to do a
On the second day we went
to a Dungeon where we were told about the purpose for which it was used. We
also went to Bridge 2000 and the old London Bridge. After all the exploring,
we went back to the hostel quite late. Then came the day when we all settled
down for discussions at the famous Barbican Centre, London.
The first day was more hke
a get acquainted day. All the participants introduced their views in a
question and answer session. There we had the chance to know what was
happening in other countries. On the final day everyone got a chance to show
what they learned.
The trip was very important
because it was informative and educational. I observed a number of things
that I had only heard about. For example, I met a transgender person and
surprisingly the action portrayed why he is now a woman. This experience
also enlightened me as to what I want to do in the future. What I liked most
about the conference is that it allows me to see the variety of different
challenges which young people face in growing up and entering adulthood in
Youth Support Jamaica is
important because it helps young people to see that if they make a mistake
in life they donít have to give up. Many of our youths today are going
astray and the youth of today will be the men and women of tomorrow.
Therefore, what they learn, is what they are going to take into our future
I personally think family
value is what lacking in our society today. We need to get it back so that
we can have a better society. Therefore what I would suggest for Youth
Support Jamaica to do is have a counsel section where they speak to
not only the youths but also their parents. Why? Because dealing with the
youth problems also includes their parents, that is if they have any,
because many of our youths today donít have any parents. That is why we have
so many street children and a lot of children dropping out of school. This
is where Youth Support
Jamaica can play a major roll in their lives.
I would describe the Youth
as life saving organization.
I think it is a good thing
being a part of such an organization, because it gives me the opportunity to
give advice to my friends and also members of my family. Having gone and
participated in their 2002 conference has allowed me to make some positive
decisions in my life. In other words, I have learned things at that
conference which I am now able to use in my own personal development.
Thank you Youth Support
for the experience and keep up the good work.
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