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More than 500 youth to benefit from empowerment forum

Published:Wednesday | November 22, 2017 | 12:00 AM
In this file photo, Nastascia Gossel (left), Myesha Broadie (second left) and Brent Blair participate on a Youth Forum held at William Knibb High School, in Trelawny.

More than 500 students are expected to benefit from a youth empowerment forum to be held tomorrow at the Campion College Auditorium, St Andrew.

The forum, entitled 'Visions of 2030',will target high-school students with a view to addressing disciplinary issues as well as tackling challenges associated with adjusting to high-school life.

It is being spearheaded by youth organisation, Called to Lead Jamaica (CALLJA).

"We believe that this will be a life-changing event that will bring a new level of consciousness to our youth regarding the impact of today's decisions on their future reality," said Benjamin Fraser, president of CALLJA.

The event will take the form of a live discussion programme, facilitated by veteran journalist and deputy chief executive officer of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Ian Boyne.




Floyd Green, minister of state in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information; and Pearnel Charles Jr., minister of state in the Ministry of National Security, will address the participants in the areas of leadership and national responsibility, among other things.

As part of the schedule for the evening, there will also be a viewing of recorded testimonials from young adults who have suffered negative repercussions as a result of poor choices in their past.

Fraser informed that five participants will be engaged in live interviews about what they want their lives to be like in 2030. "This, we believe, will prompt the youngsters to begin making plans and strategies for the future," he noted.

CALLJA is a registered, youth-led, non-profit organisation that emerged out of the desire of a group of leaders to support youngsters whose circumstance present a challenge in their development.