September 14, 2012

Twenty New Mentors Trained

As Jamalco continues its mission to assist in transforming the lives of students in the company’s operating areas, twenty (20) employees were trained as mentors and presented with instruments of certification during a Mentorship workshop held recently. 

The workshop was designed to equip the mentors with the necessary skills to guide and enrich the lives of the students who are participating in the Jamalco Mentorship Programme at Vere Technical, Lennon and Winston Jones High schools.
Manager of Corporate Services & Government Affairs Leo Lambert commended the prospective mentors for dedicating their time and love to help others. “In this training programme, you are going to see transformation take place before your eyes and it will be the most rewarding exercise you have ever embarked on,” he said.
Continuing Mr. Lambert said, “Let us use our collective experiences to unleash latent potential of our students. This is an opportunity for you to use your influence to to positively the next generation.”
He told the newly trained mentors that their tasks will include helping their mentees to become socially exposed, build their self esteem, achieve academic excellence and undergo attitude adjustment. “You are also expected to be in regular contact with your mentees and whenever possible attend meetings of the Excellence Club.
Training Facilitator Rev. Nevroy Francis lauded the mentors for offering themselves to serve as role models and advocates. “Be mindful that successful mentors need to be consistent, persistent and dependable. You must follow through on your commitment even when things are challenging,” he noted.
Guidance Counselors from the three schools gave an update of the Mentorship programme at their institutions and from all indication it has reaped tremendous success. According to Mrs. Hermella Blair from Lennon High 18 of the 22 students enrolled in the Mentorship programme have moved from a lower to a higher stream. She thanked Jamalco for initiating the programme as “it is helping to redeem the depressed and the oppressed,” Mrs. Blair said.
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. 

Newly trained mentors.

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Newly trained mentors stand with their mentorship manuals.