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Top cop teaches youth life lessons

Published:Monday | February 1, 2010 | 12:00 AM


LASCO TOP Cop of the Year for 2008, Corporal Marvin Franklin, has called on male students to set discipline as a foundation that will enable changes and outcomes that may have seemed unattainable.

"All of you have the potential and the ability to do far more than you imagine. The greatest thing that you have do so far in your life, you can do a million times greater, all you have to do is believe in yourself, in your goals and your plans. Work hard and work smart," he said while addressing a three-day behavioural change camp for 16 male students from the Clarendon-based Green Park Primary and Junior High School. The camp was held at the Kendal Camp and Conference Centre in Manchester on the weekend.

"Students who often achieve their goals, oftentimes work harder and smarter than the others. Make use of your opportunities; learn anything that you can, anytime that you can, from anyone that you can. There will come a time when you will be grateful that you did," Franklin told the boys who had been displaying behavioural problems at school.

Activities for perspective

He told them to put a deadline on what they want to be and when they want to achieve it. Stating that the boys could change, the JCF top achiever encouraged the students to engage in activities that will help them to find new and better perspectives on life.

"No one can succeed or fail without their consent. What you become depends on you. It is your life, make full use of the opportunities that come your way and be the best person that you can be," he emphasised.