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Jamekia Johnson seeks to build confidence in her peers

Published:Saturday | April 9, 2016 | 4:00 AMShanique Samuels
PHOTO BY SHANIQUE SAMUELS Role model Jahmekia Johnson.

CHAPELTON, Clarendon:

At 15-year-old Jahmekia Johnson, a third form student at Clarendon College has taken it on to herself to make a positive impact on young people. Although she has not taken the watery baptism, Jahmekia says she will make the commitment to become a Christian and continue to spread messages of positivity in any way she can. "I haven't made the full commitment yet, but I'm sure I will make it soon, most likely before leaving high school."

She is desirous of becoming a counselling psychologist so she can begin to spread her positivity. "As a psychologist, I will get to make people think they can do the impossible so then they will at least try because of the renewed belief in self that they can do meaningful things with their lives and also make a positive impact on others."

Jahmekia has entered the Mini Miss Clarendon College competition because according to her, "It will give me a platform to extend my reach and spread some amount of positivity among my peers. Some may have low self-esteem or may be lacking self-confidence so I'm offering myself as a candidate in this competition so I can be someone other young people my age can look up to as a role model and maybe start a ripple effect of positivity and self-love that embodies self-confidence and optimism."

She described herself as a sociable person who is always willing to listen and give advice if and when needed. "As young people, when we have a positive outlook on life, it becomes a part of us and so we will grow up to be a generation of positively influential young people in society."

"Based on what I'm seeing happening around me, locally and internationally, it is clear that the world is coming to an end and I don't want to go to hell. I read my Bible every day and I know what to do and what is required of me so I will make the commitment," she said emphatically. Jahmekia lives with her mother who is a Christian so she is constantly exposed to the Word of God. "I go to church quite often and the teachings have had an impact on me. Over time, I have learnt the importance of being a Christian and what it means and the roles and responsibilities that I will have to take on."

She told Family and Religion that even though she sometimes struggles with peer pressure while trying to balance being a 'good church girl', she manages to find comfort in the Word of God and remain positive through reading her Bible daily. "I see my friends doing things that seem fun and going places and sometimes I try to convince them not to, some listen sometimes and others don't, but one thing is for sure, the choices we make today whether negative or positive will affect us in life later on so as young people, we must make the effort to live right in the sight of God."

The soft-spoken teen is encouraging other young people to always try to do the right thing no matter the cost or how easy the wrong might seem and to always stay on the right track.

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