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GG urges western Jamaica youth to be positive

Published:Saturday | October 15, 2016 | 10:00 AMOkoye Henry

Governor General Sir Patrick Allen has urged future youth leaders to chart a better future for themselves and not to follow in the path of the many young people who have lost their way in recent times.

Speaking during an address to high school students at the recent I Believe Youth Consultative Conference held at the the Western Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in Mount Salem, St James, recently, Sir Patrick said the country needs to recognise the value of young people's voices on nation-building.

"I am asking you today to trust in yourselves and trust that your future may be improved," he said. "Don't be in despair or downcast about the violence because, with your God leading you, everything will be alright," he added.

Sir Patrick went on to call on the youths of Jamaica not to give up despite the challenges they are facing. He encouraged the youngsters at the conference to take back what they have learned to their schools and communities.

"Everything that happens here today is to encourage, teach and to show you that you can be the best in whatever areas your gifts allow you to function," Sir Patrick stated. "So, today, young people, we want to inspire you and seek your commitment that when you leave this forum today, I want you to leave with a firm commitment that 'I will do my part to help build a stronger society'."