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Director of National Youth and Christian Education for the New Testament Church of God in Jamaica, Rev. Orville Plummer, is urging the nation to make a special effort to provide the necessary support for the country’s young people, in order to enable them realize their potentials.
Delivering the sermon at the National Church Service to launch activities commemorating Youth Month, being observed during November under the theme: “I can, We can”, which was held at the Oracabessa New Testament Church of God in St. Mary on Sunday (Nov. 2), Rev. Plummer said the society must prepare itself to play an integral role in molding the lives of young people, if the country is to be spared the moral decay and quagmire of crime and violence, which currently prevailed.
Alluding to the Old Testament Biblical figure, Joseph, Rev. Plummer noted that this individual lived an exemplary life, which the nation’s young people can emulate, noting that he (Joseph) was able to realize his dreams, despite encountering many challenges and setbacks.
Stressing the need for more effective parenting in the society, particularly involving fathers, the pastor said Jamaica needs to, once again, embrace the philosophy that the community has a role to play in molding the lives of young people. He added that there is also the need to inculcate the importance of taking charge of self in the minds of young people, if they are to become responsible citizens.

Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Culture, Youth, and Sports, Senator Warren Newby, addresses the congregation attending the National Church Service at the Oracabessa New Testament Church of God in St. Mary on Sunday (Nov. 2), to mark the start of Youth Month, being celebrated during November.

In lamenting some of the country’s negative influences, to which he said many young people are currently exposed, Rev. Plummer urged well-thinking Jamaicans to send a strong signal, that they are no longer prepared to tolerate issues, and exhorted the Government to take strong action to address same.
In attributing a significant proportion of Jamaica’s problems to the lack of proper care and guidance for the young people, Rev. Plummer also urged the government to move post-haste to ensure that more parents provide the necessary support for their children, adding that if the youngsters are to achieve greatness, parental responsibility and input must be maximized.
In his address, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Culture, Youth, and Sports, Senator Warren Newby, noted that the National Youth Month theme summarized that young people are capable of achieving greatness, stressing that it serves as strong encouragement.
Senator Newby commended the National Council for Youth Development’s (NCYD) role in helping to shape the lives of young people, and outlined a number of initiatives, which he said the Government is currently implementing to further enhance the lives of the country’s youth. These include: expanding the Youth at Risk Programme; strengthening of the Programme for Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), to provide additional assistance; and the establishment of at least one youth-based organisation in each community.