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Sandals managers inspiring Glendevon youth

Monday, April 07, 2014    

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GRADUATES of the Glendevon Centre of Excellence in Montego Bay, St James had their spirits lifted during a recent inspirational power talk session with representatives from Sandals Resorts.

During the session, presenters Jullian Henry, director of guest services for Sandals Montego Bay and Roan Ramsingh, food and beverage director at Sandals Royal Caribbean each shared the story of their journey from obscurity to the positions of prominence which they hold today.

Both presenters spoke candidly about their humble beginnings and less than privileged upbringing; stories with which many youngsters in their audience could relate. They however, encouraged the students not to allow their circumstances to define them.

"In order to be successful one has to set goals and be willing to make the necessary sacrifices to achieve those goals," said Henry.

Meanwhile, Ramsingh stressed the importance of having the right attitude and a positive outlook on life no matter what circumstances exist.

Howard Lewis, life employability skills instructor and councillor at the centre emphasised the importance of interactions such as these.

"The talk was positive and heart-warming, and very much in line with the message we try to get across to our students," he said.

Lewis noted that since opening its doors last year, the Glendevon Centre of Excellence has made major strides in getting a number of young people from the community into a structured programme where they can be given the requisite skills to secure a job and plot a career path for themselves.

"However a lot of these youngsters are still apprehensive, some of them still have a gangster mentality or lack confidence in themselves, which can prove detrimental to their success," he said.

"This is why it is so important for them to hear these inspiring stories from persons who have overcome similar challenges and found success. These talks help to solidify the theory that though one may not need life skills to get a job, they need life skills to keep a job," he added.

The power talk session is part of an ongoing effort by Sandals Resorts in the Montego Bay region to support youth empowerment through greater interaction, intervention and engagement of inner-city youth.

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