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Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding has called on young Jamaicans to strive for excellence, and not to settle for mediocrity, as with hard work, great achievements can be made.
He was speaking at the Prime Minister’s National Youth Awards and the Jamaican Youth in Concert at Emancipation Park on (Dec. 2), where 17 young persons were awarded for excellence in the fields of arts and culture, academics, agriculture, entrepreneurship, leadership, journalism, sports, and youth in service.
The awards, which were hosted by the National Centre for Youth Development, were presented during an entertainment-packed concert under the distinguished patronage of Prime Minister Golding.
Mr. Golding congratulated the nominees and recipients, stating that it was important for the society to recognize their efforts, as a symbol of what young persons can achieve.
“There are too many of our young people who are content to just get back, who are satisfied with mediocrity. There are too many who are prepared to resign themselves to failure; it doesn’t have to be that way. We are honouring some young people who have demonstrated that you can succeed, you can be the best in the world, but it requires hard work, steadfastness, it requires a commitment to success,” the Prime Minister implored.
However, he noted that the society tends to place blame on young people, for indiscipline. “It is an argument that is advanced with some validity, but we need to look to see what it is that has caused young people to go astray. My generation and the generation before will have to look at ourselves and accept some responsibility. We have left a legacy that has good things about it, but it is a legacy that also has its rotten side,” Mr. Golding said.
He added that the moral compass had been distorted, with confusing signals being sent by those who should be setting an example. “We have deprived them of the sense of the community…we have deprived so many of our young people of an understanding of what family is. There are so many of them that have been brought up in an environment in which they don’t know what a stable family is,” Mr. Golding said.
He urged young persons however, not to use this reality as an excuse for failure, and to take responsibility for their own lives, and begin to structure a path for personal development that will achieve the kind of success that was displayed by the nominees.
“I urge you, get to work, learn, make something of yourself. If you see an opportunity to get training, take it. Make something of your life,” Prime Minister Golding said, adding, “you are not the leaders of tomorrow, you are the new leaders of today. Leadership is not something that must await some grand old age. Start to show that leadership now”.

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