Head of Government, Sociology, Social Work and Psychology, Dr. Wendy Grenade presenting the certificate to Cassia Bruce.
Head of Government, Sociology, Social Work and Psychology, Dr. Wendy Grenade presenting the certificate to Akina Daisley.
Head of Government, Sociology, Social Work and Psychology, Dr. Wendy Grenade presenting the certificate to Omar Alleyne.
Sixteen young people have enhanced their interpersonal skills and are more aware of how to start a business following their participation in the “Youth Entrepreneurship: Leadership and Personal Development Camp”.
The three-week session was conducted from June 17 to July 5 by The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill campus. Those involved were drawn from the Haynesville, St. James community.
Speaking during last Friday’s closing ceremony, Temporary Assistant Lecturer/Project Coordinator, Dr. Lisa Jaggernauth said the programme came about because of research she did while completing studies for her doctoral degree “and in recognising the need to work with at-risk young people and to expose them to a brighter tomorrow.”
She identified the areas taught during the Camp. These included self-love and self-awareness, how to work in teams, conflict resolution as well as effective communications skills. Participants were also taught make-up artistry, hair care and jewellery making in addition to attending four tours, participating in a business laboratory and a drug and alcohol awareness session conducted by a representative from the National Council on Substance Abuse (NCSA).
The closing ceremony in the Cynthia Wilson Arts Lecture Theatre at the campus was attended by Head of Government, Sociology, Social Work and Psychology, Dr. Wendy Grenade. In her remarks, she expressed delight that the participants were able to learn new skills through the initiative. She encouraged them to share this knowledge with others.
“I really want to challenge you to treat this as a life changing opportunity where you attained skills that you learnt from the last three weeks and… you will not just keep what you have learnt for yourself but that you will share with your family, with your community around you. It is about learning. It is about growing and I really want to encourage you to ensure that you build on this. Whatever you have learnt make sure that you build on it so that you can become a different person because of this Camp.” (MG)