Vox pop for Western Focus
Do you believe our two political parties (the Jamaica Labour Party and the People's National Party) are really serious about creating the kinds of opportunities our young people need to flourish and realise their fullest potential?
I don't believe enough is being done. We need to go back to basics. We need to re-organise the youth clubs and even the schools to instil good values and attitudes. It is not good enough for our leaders to be talking the talk but not walking the walk.
Craig Oates, businessman
I really don't think so. While politicians will express a vision for the youths on the campaign trail, once they get into power, their own political agenda takes centre-stage and the youths are sidestepped. Despite the talks, our youths are getting left behind.
Dawn Gordon, educator
They are not doing anything for the young people, and that is why so many of our youngsters are turning to crime. Many of our youngsters have very good potential, and all they need to succeed is the kind of opportunities the politicians should be providing them with.
No ... absolutely not. They have refused to create the economic climate that is required to increase investment in our young people. As a result, many of our gifted young people, especially the young men, are out of the loop and therefore not living up to their potential.