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Members of Jamalco’s management team, led by Managing Director Jerome Maxwell and Refinery Manager, Silvio Porto recently participated in a mentorship training workshop at the company’s Halse Hall Clarendon refinery, where they have now become certified mentors.
The course was designed to equip them with the necessary skills to guide and counsel teenagers who are participating in the Jamalco Mentorship programme currently underway at Vere Technical High School.
The newly trained mentors are to be assigned to mentees in three schools in Jamalco’s operating areas in Clarendon and Manchester.
Manager of Corporate Services at Jamalco, Leo Lambert, who spearheaded the mentorship programme, commended the company’s leaders for offering themselves as mentors.
“Helping to mould someone’s character is one of the most rewarding pursuits in life,” he said. Mr. Lambert noted that Jamalco’s leaders were offering assistance because they subscribe to the notion that it takes a village to raise a child. He added that “a lot of persons who are regarded as failures today could have become worthwhile human beings if someone had only taken the time to care. This mentorship programme is about helping young people to be the best that they can.”
Commenting on the impact of the mentorship programme, which began at Vere Technical in the 2008/2009 academic year, Mr. Lambert noted that there has been a marked improvement in the behaviour of the students.
He told the mentors that their tasks will include helping their mentees to build their self esteem, become socially exposed, achieve academic excellence, and undergo attitude adjustment. The mentors will be expected to be in regular contact with their mentees and, when time allows, attend meetings of the Excellence Club, a unique feature of the Jamalco Mentorship programme.
As part of the training, the Jamalco managers and superintendents engaged in simulation exercises in which they assisted teenagers to cope with real-life crises such as drug abuse and parental neglect and situations of children running away from home.
The Jamalco mentorship programme is to be expanded to the Winston Jones and Lennon High Schools shortly. Efforts are being made to mobilize the entire Jamalco workforce to participate in the programme.