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Krystal Tomlinson positively impacting young minds

Published:Sunday | October 8, 2017 | 12:00 AMShereita Grizzle
Krystal Tomlinson (right), communications and engagement manager at Digicel Foundation, shares a word of encouragement with grade-five student Joseph Beckford (second left) as his classmate Danique Fogah (second right) and teacher Mark Blair (left) looks on.
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For most of her young adult life, Krystal Tomlinson has been in the business of inspiring others. The passion-driven communications specialist and motivational speaker believes that she has a calling on her life - one that keeps steering her towards helping others to be the best versions of themselves.

On any given day, Tomlinson can be seen dishing out advice via her Instagram page. She even has a segment every Monday titled 'Good Gas Mondays' dedicated to emitting positive energies to her watchful audience. Tomlinson, in an interview with The Sunday Gleaner, revealed that she wasn't always the well-put-together, goal-driven woman many see today. She revealed that as a teen, she was rebellious and free-spirited and didn't always think ahead. Luckily for her, at age 16, she had an epiphany and decided to quit her rambunctious ways. It was then that she began taking steps towards becoming a person of great influence. She has not looked back since.

From that moment onwards, all her projects and initiatives have one main goal and that is to help individuals, particularly young people, to recognise their purpose. With that in mind, Tomlinson has embarked on a new project titled Teens on Purpose. It is a four-week mentorship course set to begin today and it is geared at helping young adults unlock their true potential.

"It is an idea I got just a little bit before back to school. I was realising that as parents and guardians, we get so flustered in preparing our children for back to school that we don't arm them with the tools to literally, be better this year," she explained. "It is really not about getting A+'s. it's about becoming the type of student that will be excellent in everything whether it is academics, sports, or social relationships. It's about building confidence in our teenagers."

 

CULTURE OF SILENCE

 

Tomlinson points to the culture of silence that exists in Jamaica as one of the main reasons why most young people never truly realise their strength and believes that if she can get more young people to be confident enough to let their voices be heard, she could help in solving many of the problems facing today's youth.

"One of the challenges I have with Jamaican young people is that they are trained to be quiet - sit in the back and don't talk until somebody speaks to you - but they are about to be young adults," she said. "When you don't train them to be strong teenagers, you can't expect them to be strong young adults. They won't know how to say no to something that doesn't sit well with their conscience. they'll be too busy trying to fit in and trying to be liked rather than to be leaders."

Tomlinson says that she has been receiving an outpouring of support, especially from parents who want their teenagers to be part of the course. The response has been so overwhelming that persons outside of Jamaica have registered. The latter is one of the reasons the classes will not be a physical one.

"All you will need is a laptop or your phone to join the classes. I realised how broad my audience was, and there was no way I could physically reach everybody. The great thing about the digital platform is that it allows you to be in everybody's house at the same time. It was the best way to pull everybody together.

"I think that people who do bad things do it because they don't feel good about themselves, and if most people realised that they had the power to change their lives, to create their wealth and rescue their mindsets, they'd be so much happier," she said. "This is my answer to crime. it's my answer to stress, disagreements. It's a duty. makes no sense I have all this influence and it doesn't serve my country or my community."

The videos will be uploaded for persons to participate after the course officially ends on October 29 so that those who didn't get the opportunity to be part of the live stream can view them. The course will be available on her website, krystaltomlinson.com.

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