Mirrors lights up youngsters

  • Inspired: Zane DeSliva urged Mirrors group to follow their dreams (Photograph by Paul Johnston)

    Inspired: Zane DeSliva urged Mirrors group to follow their dreams (Photograph by Paul Johnston)

The faces of 32 youngsters lit up into beaming smiles last night as they graduated from the Mirrors’ residential programme

The teenagers were presented with certificates in front of more than 100 proud family members and friends for completing the intensive six-day personal development course.

The course, which is called Super Camp, was held at the Willowbank Resort in Sandys and is part of the government’s Mirrors’ Programme.

The six-day camp included a raft of practical exercises designed to help teach the teenage participants how to be accountable for their choices, actions and dreams, as well as an outdoor adventure day at Fort Cunningham.

The young boys and girls, who ranged in age between 14 and 18, described how the course had inspired them and helped teach them trust and teamwork.

Many members of the audience were overcome with emotion during the ceremony as the participants explained the bond they had built up with each other in less than a week.

One graduate described the group as her “new family”, while another young boy thanked those who ran the camp saying: “Thank-you for this opportunity and for giving me this expression of enlightenment.”

“I have learnt how to make new friendships and connect with others,” said another young girl as she addressed the audience at the end of evening.

Speaking to his fellow participants another young male graduate added: “This is my first time being on stage speaking to people but I want to thank each and every one of you; you have inspired me to do something I have not been able to do.”

Last night’s lively graduation ceremony was attended by Zane DeSilva, the Minister of Social Development and Sports, and Kim Jackson the Mirrors’ Programme co-ordinator.

Mr DeSilva urged the group to follow their dreams and told them they could achieve whatever they put their mind to.

“Don’t ever be afraid,” Mr DeSilva said. “Don’t let anyone tell you, you cannot do something.

“You can climb the corporate ladder, but don’t think you cannot own the corporate ladder.

“Set your goals, write them down, if you all want something you can get it.”

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Published Oct 30, 2017 at 8:00 am (Updated Oct 30, 2017 at 6:11 am)

Mirrors lights up youngsters

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