Minister of State in the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Ian Hayles, is encouraging young people to think carefully, then make decisions that will advance their lives.
Speaking at a RISE Life Management Services awards ceremony for the Inner-City Youth Recycling Income Generation Project competition, on July 3, on East Street, downtown Kingston, Mr. Hayles said the youth are always faced with one challenge or another, but it is important to make the best decision possible, as this will impact their lives forever.
“Anything you do, it must be up, it can’t be down. Ultimately, everything will fall into place, everything will go up after that. It is that simple,” he said. He pointed out that one of most difficult challenges facing the youth, is taking that first step.
“The hard work is you getting up everyday in an environment that isn’t conducive to learning or a positive attitude and then having to stay positive. But, you can only stay positive if you say to yourself, I am here for a reason,” he told the gathering of inner city youth.
The Inner-City Youth Recycling Income Generation Project competition began in 2011 with funding from the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica. The project aims to find creative and environmentally friendly ways to recycle waste and beautify the surroundings. Old tyres and other solid waste materials were utilized to beautify the surroundings.
Mr. Hayles said he was very impressed with the creativity displayed by the young people in the participating communities and how they strategized to overcome the challenges faced in meeting the mandate of the competition. The Minister pointed out that inherent in their actions was the environmental legacy they will leave behind.
The Minister encouraged the young people to use the challenges faced in the competition to learn something new everyday and to use every opportunity to make themselves marketable.
Participating communities were Kingston Gardens, Allman Town, Parade Gardens, Drewsland, Tower Hill, Water House, Fletchers Land and Southside. The winners were Tower Hill and Kingston Gardens.
By Rodger Hutchinson, JIS Reporter