Search under way for mentors to help youth

  • On the hunt: managing director of BBBS, Patrina Paynter (File photograph).

    On the hunt: managing director of BBBS, Patrina Paynter (File photograph).


A youth outreach group aims to find a mentor for every vulnerable child in its organisation before the start of the summer.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bermuda unveiled the “Go Beyond” media campaign yesterday with the goal of inspiring more adults to play a part in a troubled child’s life.

Patrina Paynter, the managing director of BBBS, said that the group hoped to pair all 120 youths in their programme with a mentor by April — meaning at least 50 more mentors are needed.

She added: “We noticed that people have numerous misconceptions about our programme and there were many people who felt that they had nothing to offer a young person.

“I heard ‘I’m too old,’ or ‘I don’t have enough time’, but when we looked at each of these individuals we saw something more.

“Why don’t you share your story? Why don’t you show your talent or share your skill set with our youth?”

Ms Paynter spoke during a press conference to launch the media campaign at the Chubb Building in Hamilton.

She said that the media campaign will involve several advertisements to run over radio and television channels, news sites and social media.

Lamumba Tucker, a Big Brother with the programme, said that he understood from personal experience the impact that a mentor could play in a child’s life.

He added: “A lot of times we end up looking at the end result — we say there’s a lot of gun violence, crime, theft and murder.

“But we never look at how we can curtail that and the best thing to do is to get them while they’re young.”

Nyoaki Williams, 15, added that her time in the programme helped forge a powerful bond between her and her Big Sister.

She said: “I’ve had her for eight years and we’ve gone on a lot of adventures and done things that I probably wouldn’t have done on a daily basis.

“She’s encouraged me to do a lot and I know she’s in my corner.”

Ms Paynter added that everyone in Bermuda could offer a skill, relationship or attention to a child in need.

She explained: “It’s the simple things that mean so much to children.

“It’s not that mobile phone or iPhone that you purchase them, it’s those memories and those moments that mean so much to them.”

She added: “We often see people complaining on social media and among the community about our young people.

“Instead of complaining, I am imploring you right now to ask ‘what can I do? What do I have to offer?’ Because it doesn’t matter how big or how small — everybody has something to offer.”

You must be registered or signed-in to post comment or to vote.

Published Jan 16, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated Jan 16, 2020 at 8:00 am)

Search under way for mentors to help youth

What you
Need to
Know
1. For a smooth experience with our commenting system we recommend that you use Internet Explorer 10 or higher, Firefox or Chrome Browsers. Additionally please clear both your browser's cache and cookies - How do I clear my cache and cookies?
2. Please respect the use of this community forum and its users.
3. Any poster that insults, threatens or verbally abuses another member, uses defamatory language, or deliberately disrupts discussions will be banned.
4. Users who violate the Terms of Service or any commenting rules will be banned.
5. Please stay on topic. "Trolling" to incite emotional responses and disrupt conversations will be deleted.
6. To understand further what is and isn't allowed and the actions we may take, please read our Terms of Service
7. To report breaches of the Terms of Service use the flag icon

  • Take Our Poll

    • "The most effective politician of 2019"
    • David Burt
    • 8%
    • Wayne Caines
    • 9%
    • Craig Cannonier
    • 3%
    • Zane DeSilva
    • 10%
    • Curtis Dickinson
    • 6%
    • Michael Dunkley
    • 33%
    • Nick Kempe
    • 27%
    • Leah Scott
    • 4%
    • Total Votes: 11029
    • Poll Archive

    Today's Obituaries

    eMoo Posts