November 16, 2012

Jamalcoans and Community Members Mentoring Students

Twenty-five Jamalcoans and six community members are now mentoring students from the Vere Technical High School. This was made official at a special initiation ceremony at the Halse Hall Great House recently.

The mentorship programme which is being implemented under the theme “Success is an Attitude” is in its fourth year. It seeks to provide guidance, support and leadership to students at Vere Technical, Lennon and Winston Jones High schools who, because of socio economic reasons, need assistance to fulfill their academic potential and develop their social skills.
Jamalco’s Corporate Services and Government Affairs Manager Leo Lambert said the Mentorship’s Excellence Club has been unleashing the latent talents of students, motivating them and building success.
He charged the students to set their own boundaries. “Never let anyone tell you that you can’t do anything. You need to dig deep within yourself and turn criticisms into pathways to new horizons.”
Principal of Vere Technical, Dr. Henritta Stewart commended Jamalco for implementing the programme at the school as it has helped to change its landscape and has also helped the students to have a positive outlook of themselves. “What you are doing for the students is better than any tangible gift. Continue to work with them. They will rise up and call you blessed,” she said.
DSP Anthony McLaughlin of the May Pen Police Station urged other companies to come on board and mentor youngsters in their communities. “If more companies get involved in programmes such as these we will have a better society and fewer criminal activities,” he asserted. 
Also on hand to give a testimonial of the programme’s impact was Sixth Form student, Relesha Timoll who testified that the programme has rescued her from many challenges and has helped her to become a better person and leader. 
The ceremony also included the symbolic signing of the mentorship agreement by the parent of a mentee.
The Jamalco Mentorship Programme is an ongoing initiative, aimed at exposing students to a new attitude that promotes character building and success. The programme was first implemented at the Vere Technical High School in Clarendon in 2008.

pinning of mentee badge

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ABS Business Partner Rhodein Thompson pins his mentee K. Joe-Hines of Vere Technical High school.