Minister of Youth and Culture, the Honourable Lisa Hanna, this morning, kick started the #IamConnected School Tour at the St Andrew High School for Girls in Kingston.
According to the Minister, throughout the Month of November the Ministry of Youth and Culture, through the National Youth Service and its Youth and Adolescents Policy Division, will be engaging young people across the island in a number of activities aimed at getting them involved in their own development.
Speaking with over 160 sixth formers at the all-girls institution, the Minister addressed a number of youth related issues, with particular emphasis on leadership and career development. Minster Hanna explained that leadership is about taking risks and stepping outside comfort zones.
“It will take courage to step out of your comfort zones. You will have to know how to connect with people, you will have to leave your ego at the door and you must also strive to see people uplift themselves,” the Minister explained.
In addressing the issue of fear and their apprehension to pursuing their own professional journeys, the Minister encouraged the young ladies to be bold enough to live their own dreams and refrain from living through other people’s experiences and instead live their passion.
“The world should not be about titles. It really should be about the passion for what you do because if you don’t love what you do, you won’t be able to do it well,” she added.
The Minister further encouraged the students to be proactive and strategic when selecting their career paths, even as they are guided by their passion. She urged them to start connecting the dots before it is too late.
“As best as possible, reach out to CEOs and human resource managers. Talk to them about what makes their companies successful. Sign up to become National Youth Service participants and be placed in internships associated with the careers you want to pursue. Leadership is a process and in order to propel your way forward you must get started today,” Minister Hanna lamented.
Several students used the opportunity to also have one-on-one conversations with the Youth Minister and sought her advice on academic pursuits, overcoming fears and dealing with hurdles in their personal, academic and professional journeys.
The #IamConnected School Tour continues this Friday, November 06, 2015, beginning at 9 am at the Norman Manley High School in Kingston. The Minister will join the institution as they observe ‘Girls Day 2015’.
This year’s Youth Month activities will be observed under the theme #IAmConnected, which is in keeping with the Government of Jamaica’s thrust to ensure that young people are aware of and are taking full advantage of the opportunities that are available to them.
Specific attention will be paid to a number of areas including: youth engagement in spiritual activities (#SpirituallyConnected), connecting young people with labour market opportunities (#ConnectingTheDots) and helping young people to understand their role in the protection and retention of Jamaica’s rich cultural heritage (#CultureConnects).
For further information on Youth Month 2015 and the related activities, please visit www.youthjamaica.com.