Young entrepreneur launches ‘I Can’ project to change stigma attached to community
DPI, Guyana, Friday, November 23, 2018
One young entrepreneur is out to change the image of Agricola and improve the lives of youths in the East Bank Demerara Community with the launch of her ‘I Can’ project.
Christine Profitt is a businessperson and resident of the East Bank Demerara community which has gaine
d notoriety over the years. “We want to project some confidence back into young people we want to instil some positivity as the negativity has drifted them away,” she explained at the launch of ‘I Can’ project today.
Profitt said the ‘I Can’ project seeks to reverse the delinquent behaviour of some of the young people in her community through strategic mentorship, networking for change and facilitating job searches and entrepreneurship.
She has consulted with the government and non-governmental agencies to develop a strategy to meet the project’s aim of strategic mentorship and networking and mobilising villagers.
“The two main aims that we have for the ‘I Can’ project is to start the strategic mentorship and networking opportunities that will lead to either job creation, entrepreneurship opportunities or local business development,” Profit said. The young entrepreneur hopes to roll out the strategic mentorship aspect of the Project in 2019.
The second aim is mobilising the villages to realise, “I can be different from this current situation, I can forge ahead even though I have come out of school some 10-20 years ago, I can talk to someone, I can reach out and ask for help instead of staying where I am, instead of receding in negativity.”
The ‘I Can’ project is part of the innovation projects in 2018 under the US’s Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative.