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Mentors needed to save youths

Wednesday, February 5 2014

A call has been made for adults to become mentors and help save the nation’s youth.

The call came from advisor to the Ministry of National Security, Wayne Riley, along with the support of the Permanent Secretary, Maurice Suite.

Both officials were. At the time, speaking at yesterday’s opening of the Mentorship Village, hosted by the National Mentorship Programme on the Brian Lara promenade.

Riley passionately highlighted the need to “save the young people of Trinidad and Tobago”.

“When youths grow up in an environment without role models, with which they can identify, their world becomes abstract. It is our duty as adults to change that” Riley said. He also told his audience the country was in need of adults who are willing to drive the nation’s youth towards excellence.”

The need for a mentorship programme was echoed by Suite. He also said the mentors trained under the programme were good listeners, and were patient, tolerant, and respectful of individual differences. The result was a year long relationship with a mentor who will mould at-risk youths into well-rounded individuals. There is, however, a need for more mentors in the programme, according to Suite:

With regard to the effects of Mentorship, Suite said to truly get the best results there must be a team effort connected to all elements in the youths’ lives. “We are all in this together,” Suite reminded the audience “It takes a village to raise a child”

Mentorship Village also had booths from College of Science Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTATT) along with Families in Action

The mentorship village opened at 10 am yesterday and continued until 3 pm, and included performances by the students in the programme, television personalities, Roy and Gloria, and Maximus Dan.

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