Anniesha Gordon - A child of Nannyville Gardens
The southeastern St Andrew community of Nannyville Gardens is one which has chauffeured 22-year-old Anniesha Gordon from infancy through to blossoming adulthood.
As a result, Gordon's self-established mandate to advance the place she calls home and the youth who live there has moved her from strength to strength.
As vice-president of the Nannyville Uprising Youth Action Club (NUYAC) and assistant secretary of the Nannyville Citizens' Association, the primary educator aspirant never hides her patriotism.
"I have been living in the community since I was a baby. My family lives here," she told The Gleaner.
Gordon added: "My aim in undertaking these activities is to facilitate youth development through community involvement, and for everyone to work as a united front to improve and develop the community."
The activities organised by Gordon not only serve as a catalyst for community unification, but they provide a much-needed atmosphere of youthful exuberance, which is needed in the community.
Gordon cites her working team, inclusive of the club president, secretary and treasurer, for her acrobatic balancing of community involvement along with schooling and family life.
"Honestly, it is stressing at times, but my team pulls me through. Sometimes we have to adjust our meetings from four or five times a month to about three. Of course, we all have to make sacrifices at times as children are the future."
A homework programme, initiated by Gordon over two years, which sees students getting assistance three days a week, two hours a day, is one which holds great meaning to the bubbly young lady.
"I tutor students who are doing GSAT, who don't have the help at home, but also those who just need help with schoolwork in general. It feels good when the students excel. It only encourages me to do more," Gordon told The Gleaner.
Twenty-three-year-old resident AndrÈ Riley spoke highly of the youth club executive, stating: "She's very interactive in the community, always making moves. She's integral in the events planning and the whole youth movement here."
The St Joseph Teachers' College enrollee, who chose this path in the summer of 2010, is highly optimistic that with perseverance and mental fortitude, the community will see positive changes.
She disclosed: "It's a good feeling when you are remembered for the good that you have done. People will seek to emulate this good and that's where the breakthrough will come."
Gordon heaped praises on her executive peers, the membership of the NUYAC, which currently numbers about 50, and the community on a whole, reciting the ever popular 'Team work, makes the dream work' slogan.
Activities organised by Anniesha Gordon in Nannyville
- Annual sports days staged in the community on Heroes weekend.
- Annual 'Nannybee' spelling bee competitions for children age six-12.
- Annual king and queen of the turf football events, where children form football teams and compete for prizes.
- Annual Miss Nannyville (12-16 years) and Mini Miss (six-10 years) Pageant, where the eventual mini victor gets a prize of $10,000 to aid with books and stationery and her senior gets one year's fully paid tuition support for high school.