GG urges western Ja youth to be pos­i­tive

Jamaica Gleaner - - ACROSS THE NATION - Okoye Henry Gleaner Writer

GOVER­NOR GEN­ERAL Sir Patrick Allen has urged fu­ture youth lead­ers to chart a bet­ter fu­ture for them­selves and not to fol­low in the path of the many young peo­ple who have lost their way in re­cent times.

Speak­ing dur­ing an ad­dress to high school stu­dents at the re­cent I Be­lieve Youth Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence held at the the Western Ja­maica Con­fer­ence of Seven­th­day Ad­ven­tists in Mount Salem, St James, re­cently, Sir Patrick said the coun­try needs to recog­nise the value of young peo­ple’s voices on na­tion-build­ing.

“I am ask­ing you to­day to trust in your­selves and trust that your fu­ture may be im­proved,” he said. “Don’t be in de­spair or down­cast about the vi­o­lence be­cause, with your God lead­ing you, ev­ery­thing will be al­right,” he added.

Sir Patrick went on to call on the youths of Ja­maica not to give up de­spite the chal­lenges they are fac­ing. He en­cour­aged the young­sters at the con­fer­ence to take back what they have learned to their schools and com­mu­ni­ties.

“Ev­ery­thing that hap­pens here to­day is to en­cour­age, teach and to show you that you can be the best in what­ever ar­eas your gifts al­low you to func­tion,” Sir Patrick stated. “So, to­day, young peo­ple, we want to in­spire you and seek your com­mit­ment that when you leave this fo­rum to­day, I want you to leave with a firm com­mit­ment that ‘I will do my part to help build a stronger so­ci­ety’.”

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