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Let's keep grooming Jamaica's youth

Published:Thursday | October 30, 2014 | 10:00 AM

Setting goals puts you in a better position to plan properly to achieve realistic outcomes.

An example of this is the Leadership Training Programme of the Civic Affairs Committee of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce, which is undertaken three times a year.

It involves bringing in 50 inner-city residents with 10 members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, who all participate in a six-week training course. This teaches them human and interpersonal relations, conflict resolution, anger management, family-life values, and entrepreneurship, among other things.

It also helps to break down political barriers between communities as well as distrust between the police and citizens.

But while this is our goal, the process has really worked because the participants set goals for themselves. They, too, want to create peace, in order to help create a better and brighter future for themselves and Jamaica.

Our inner-city projects which enable this are supported through the annual Charity Ball, which raises the funds needed to keep this programme going. In this regard, we are thankful to all the companies and persons who have supported this endeavour over the years and continue to do.

Our collective efforts reflect the theme for this year's Grand Charity Ball - 'The Future is ours to Shape'. Indeed, our destiny is in our hands and we must be prepared to take our future and shape it into what we want it to be. No one else but ourselves can and should do this.

Let us recommit to do all we can to return this nation to the glorious days of old.

Sameer Younis

Chairman

Jamaica Chamber of

Commerce Civic Affairs

Committee