24 inducted into Awards and Mentorship Scheme

DPI, Guyana, Sunday, September 16, 2018

Thirty-one young persons were today inducted into the Forbes Burnham Mentorship Scheme (FBAMS); a programme designed to aid young persons capable of effectively handling the tasks ahead.

FBAMS is a 2013 successor scheme of the Georgetown District Awards and Mentorship Scheme of 2001.

The Scheme provides youths and their parents with various indoor and outdoor exposure that could impact positively on their all-round development, and the sharing and acquisition of parenting skills by parents. The programme is intended to complement the school system and supplement the role of the family.

The mentees are chosen based on their performances at the annual National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA). They will avail themselves to meet with their respective mentors whenever the need arises, must produce their academic records for discussion with mentors, to arrive at ways and means to improve performance where necessary. The mentees must also be prepared themselves for the task of working towards their own success.

Chairman of the Mentorship Scheme Vincent Alexander said the scheme was birthed in 2001 to meet the needs of those youths and ensure their socialization into society unfolded smoothly.

Director of Youth, Melissa Carmichael-Haynes said a youth mentored positively, is a youth that will be successful. She said as society evolves, the youths must be mentored so they can take the reins.  The youth Director said, with new development, there will be new issues and challenges, hence the need to empower the youths.

“It is beyond important their needs are met, and their abilities expressed. Good mentorship programmes bring out the best in the youth, the youth that is willing to accept the change and I have no doubt that this is a good programme,”.

She encouraged both mentees and their parents to put their best foot forward and make the best of the opportunity available.

By: Alexis Rodney.

Images: Leon Leung.

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