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Clarendon youth urged to ‘change their default settings’ to succeed

Published:Thursday | April 6, 2017 | 4:00 AMCecelia Campbell Livingston

MAY PEN, Clarendon:

More than 100 youth who participated in the Digital Technology training - a partnership between the Clarendon Youth Information Centre and Sutherland Community Technology Centre - last Thursday got some valuable advice from guest speaker, the Reverend Claudia Fletcher.

Starting off with a modernised version of the biblical story of the cripple by the pool of Bethesda, Rev Fletcher said a lot of time people "sit around waiting for opportunities".

She pointed out that just like every computer with a default setting, they, too, have one known as 'habits'.

"When you decided to take this course, you gave up your excuses, but it is very easy to go back and pick up your excuses for why you are not further along in your life, if you don't change your default settings. One of the best ways to change your settings is to set a goal for yourself because if you don't have a goal, you will stay where you are," were the sage words coming from her.

Rev Fletcher also cautioned them on their choice of friends, noting that because they want to fit in, they forget what's important to them as well as their core values, to their detriment.

 

Computer training

 

The three-day course, which started in September and concluded in October last year, saw students being trained in Microsoft Office, ergonomics and computer etiquette.

In giving an overview of the programme, CTC Community Technology Centre (CTC) manager, Paula Hurlock, said the free course mostly targeted marginalised youth in the age range of 13 to 25 in underserved communities.

"In Jamaica, sometimes where you live or the community where you come from work against you. In the case of the Sutherland CTC, we embrace these communities that the rest of society shuns. We want to see the diamond in the rough begins to shine," she said, pointing out that the graduates were doing just that.

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