Dozens of young adults graduate from Mirrors Programme
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Youth Minister Glenn Blakeney called on the community to get involved with the Mirrors programme as he paid tribute to dozens of youngsters graduating last night.
Eighty-four youngsters were recognised in front of about 200 people at an upbeat 2011/12 completion ceremony at Whitney Institute.
Mr Blakeney told the students: I invite each of you young people to keep dreaming, keep exploring the possibilities for your life, and stay in action.
To the community, I encourage you to continue to support the Mirrors programme by volunteering your time. I invite you to get involved and be in action.
What each of us does or doesnt do has an impact on our community. The young people that we are recognising tonight have taken steps to be the change they wanted to see within themselves. What actions will you take to realise the changes you want to see in our community?
A highlight from the ceremony saw five young graduates sharing their Mirrors experiences with the audience.
Eleven-year-old Whitney student Xyaire Smith, the proud recipient of a Commitment Award from Premier Paula Cox, brought cheers and laughter when he looked back on his decision to join the programme at the beginning of the school year.
Xyaire told the audience he had struggled academically and socially, but thanks to Mirrors: I can now say Im no longer that rude little boy with unpleasant grades.
Im now becoming a nice person with high grades and I want to say thank you to the Mirrors programme for helping get my grades up and having a much better attitude to show I am somebody.
Other Whitney students to tell their tales included Allana Boyles, Dominique Williams, Syriah Lottimore and Shirani Place.
Mr Blakeney opened the event, explaining the youngsters had participated in a three-day workshop stretching their traditional school day and providing them with tools such as listening, asking for support, following rules, responsibility and communication.
The workshop, which was followed with eight months of support sessions from coaches, helped improve their behaviour in school, improve grades, increase study time, hand in homework and get themselves on the honour roll principals list, said Mr Blakeney.
He said: Theyve been setting weekly action steps, carrying out those steps through the week, sharing their progress with their coach, reflecting on any mistakes and handling them, and putting structures in place to support themselves in creating the desired outcome regarding their education.
This has been a sensational year for Coaching for Success and the Mirrors programme overall.
The organisation has strived to improve the Coaching for Success and offered a continuation element to strengthen leadership skills and foster relationship between schools, for last years participants.
Students had the option to continue their relationship with the programme through an after school component where they developed two community service projects focused on giving back to their schools.
They used the group for support, conducted meetings, explored various projects and conducted school wide surveys.
They engaged the resources of the administration offices at their schools and carried out the plan for executing the projects.
A clean-up day was held at each school during May and a joint talent show will be held tomorrow, said Mr Blakeney.
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