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StE NE youth want to reach you, MP Evon Redman

Friday, September 01, 2017

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Dear Editor,

The following is an open letter to Member of Parliament for St Elizabeth North Eastern Evon Redman:

I am writing to you on behalf of the youth residing in St Elizabeth North Eastern, especially those from the Balaclava community in which I reside.

I am concerned about the lack of unity in the area, and I believe this could be solved with your assistance. As Member of Parliament for the constituency, you are well positioned to see to greater social interventions within the area. For instance, the introduction of sporting activities such as netball, basketball, football, and cricket competitions could foster a more inclusive and cohesive community.

These social interventions would help more youths to socialise effectively, and utilise whatever resources they have for the betterment of self and, more importantly, become productive Jamaicans. I believe these things can happen only if we collaborate as residents and representatives.

In order to facilitate these activities, it would be necessary to refurbish the community centre which has been left in a deplorable state for years. The centre, especially the basketball court that we use every day, Sir, is in dire need of repair. The back boards have rotted and fallen out since 2014. We got replacements, but we lack the proper tools and manpower to effectively replace the damaged ones.

There is also a problem with the lighting system at the community centre.

I am a member of a youth group in the area, and we are willing to meet with you to discuss whatever assistance you may be able to provide.

I was prompted to write this letter after attending a 'Talk Up Yout' forum held recently in Santa Cruz. Numerous young people from the parish were present, along with Minister Floyd Green and Mayor Derrick Sangster. This forum was very informative. We had some very conscious and vigorous discussions. Those in attendance were enthusiastic, and everyone was cooperative and contributed.

Despite our invitation, you did not attend this forum. We were deeply disappointed, because we had a lot of questions and issues to discuss with you. One of the major issues raised by the youth on that day, Mr Redman, was that of your inaccessibility.

As a youth advocate from your constituency, I am using this medium to reach out to you to see how best we can work together. Firstly, I would like to sit with you to discuss how best you could assist the youth in St Elizabeth North Eastern, especially in Balaclava. Your capacity to assist us might be limited, but we implore you to try. We are willing to accept whatever you put on the table.

I look forward to your response.

Jordan Dressikie

Balaclava, St Elizabeth

jordandressikie@gmail.com

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