IOJ to host children's symposium
The Programmes Coordination Division of the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) will host its annual HUSH Children Symposium tomorrow at the institute's Lecture Hall, 10-16 East Street, downtown Kingston.
Programmes outreach manager and events coordinator at the IOJ, Kerri-Ann Palmer, said the symposium will be held under the theme: 'MENTal to METal: Building Resilience'.
Explaining the theme, Palmer said it is focusing on building mental fortitude, that is, helping individuals develop strength, flexibility, and also to enhance person-to-person connections.
She said the event aims to have individuals from varied backgrounds, with challenging circumstances, share where they are coming from and where they are now, and the hurdles they have had to overcome.
Participants will be youth between 12 and 25 years of age, and, according to Palmer, "it is hoped that they will be motivated to excel, despite their challenges".
"They should not see themselves as less than others, or as persons destined to continue the cycle of negativity and underachievement because of where they are from, their limitations, what has been done to them, or their abilities," she added. Palmer explained that the intention is for the youth to gain a new perspective on achievement and success, to be guided to make the necessary decisions, and to be exposed to the relevant resources to make these decisions.