9 Young Girls Graduate from AFETT’s REACH Mentorship Programme
As an Association, AFETT continues in its thrust with intentional efforts and activities to provide opportunities for youth - particularly young women, to enhance their interests, skills and abilities. Through the REACH Mentorship Programme, in partnership with the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts, it is our hope that it provides practical guidance to young girls to meet the challenges that they will undoubtedly face on this path of life. Nine (9) of the twelve girls who participated in the four-week Programme from the Maracas/Blanchisseuse area, graduated on Saturday 7th July 2018.
In her Address to the mentees and parents present, Mrs. Yolande Agard-Simmons, AFETT President, said ‘today’s generation of young people is the largest in history. They are more educated, more active and more connected than ever before. And like these young ones here with us, they have high aspirations for the future; they are a powerful force!’ She urged the young students to ‘live your life well, embrace your strength within yourself and realize your full potential.’
In her Mentors’ Report, AFETT Member, Mrs. Natasha Andrews, noted ‘these four Saturdays were just the beginning of helping craft these precious young lives into women of purpose and destiny. To our mentees: Oprah Winfrey describes a mentor as ‘someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself’. Natasha included personalised, inspiring messages for each of the young girls.
The Graduation Ceremony was hosted at the Maracas Bay Community Centre, and attended by Ms. Arlene Mohon, Community Development Officer II, Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts; Ms. Leiba James, Secretary, Maracas Bay Village Council; Ms. Solange Richardson, Director – Social Outreach, AFETT; and Ms. Susan Shurland, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts.
REACH Mentorship Graduation Ceremony
July 7, 2018