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Teenagers and personal safety

Commissioner of Police Major General Antony Anderson (left) introduces members of the newly formed Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch (PSTEB) to Dr Horace Chang (centre), minister of national security; Fitz Jackson (second left), opposition spokesman on national security; and Calvin Allen, Senior Superintendent of Police. Occasion was launch of the PSTEB at Harmon Barracks in Kingston.

Dear Counsellor,
I am a 13-year-old girl and I am concerned about my safety. I live in a community where there are no lights on the streets, and people are not very nice to each other. I see in the news how the little children are being killed and going missing, and I am worried that it will happen to me. I am not doing my best in school because I am stressed out. Almost every night, something bad happens on the news. I feel like Jamaica is not a safe place for children. I do not want this feeling to affect me. Can you help?
GK

Dear GK,
I read your letter and I can... read more

Best Dressed Chicken celebrates 60 years with Jamaica’s students

On Tuesday, January 15, the Jamaica Broilers Group launched its Best Dressed Chicken 60 School Tour at Sabina Park. The tour is scheduled to stop at 19 locations across the island over four weeks, reaching upwards of 25 schools.

The grand finale of the company’s 60th anniversary celebrations, the school tour is a concerted effort towards investing in the development of Jamaica’s young people and is expected to touch the lives of up to 30,000 students across Jamaica, within six Ministry of Education regions.

The launch event catered to over 4,000 students hailing from St... read more

10 FUN FACTS about Coca-Cola

1. The famous bottle was once shaped like a coca bean.
2. It hits the spot for babies. (Fussing infants were sometimes given drops of the drink in the hope that it might calm them down.)
3. There are only two countries where Coca-Cola is not sold – Cuba and North Korea.
4. The manufacturers tried to replace coffee. (When Coca-Cola realised a good portion of their customers – by one estimate, 12 per cent – consumed their sugary, caffeinated drink in the morning instead of coffee, they decided to launch an aggressive marketing campaign promoting themselves as a morning pick... read more

How can I build my community?

Wennentta Hall (left) looks on as Beverly Griffiths (right), a member of the Rockfort Community Development Council, collects information from resident Roy Bailey at a social services fair held in the community.

Dear Counsellor:
I am a 15-year-old female and I live in a community where I would like to be more actively involved in its development. I am interested in seeing how I can contribute and need some advice on how to go about it.
Yours truly,
C.F.

Dear C.F.,
It is quite commendable that you are interested in community service at this age. You may contribute to your community by volunteering at your local infirmary, at the library, at the hospital, in your church, in children’s homes or homes for the elderly. You may even consider a project that will help the... read more

Sing it, Akilah

Akilah Harris of Eltham Park, Spanish Town, is a third-form student at Immaculate Conception High School. She has a gift of singing. This talent was uncovered in 2016 when Harris first attended the Avant Academy of Music summer camp.

Harris explains that she loves to sing and does it wherever she goes; however, she sings mostly at church. “I started singing at about age eight and I haven’t stopped since,” she declares. “I express my thoughts better when I sing, and it helps when I become too stressed or overwhelmed.” Though she is interested in learning other musical instruments,... read more

DEAR COUNSELLOR: The cost of a relationship

Dear Counsellor:

I am 17 and since I was in third form, three girls have played with my feelings; they just used me for my money and left me heartbroken. What do they see in me why they decide to use me?
Yours truly,
– D.F.

Dear D.F.,

In life, we all make choices. Whatever the choice we make, there will always be consequences. Good choices usually result in good consequences; likewise, bad choices give bad consequences. You made a choice to give money to these girls. I did not get from your situation that you were forced or robbed. Did you... read more

JANICE GORDON: From rebel to leader

Looking at the super confident, smiling, friendly Kellits High School head girl, Janice Gordon, it would be hard to imagine that she was once a rebel and troublemaker.

With a grin, she tells Youthlink that her life underwent a total transformation at the school, through caring counsellors and teachers who invested their time in making her a better person.

Now in lower-sixth form, Janice has her sights set on being either a journalist or a lawyer, or both, if possible. She has earned six ones, three twos and a three in her Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate exams, and... read more

Clarendon high schools team up to cleanup

Fat Skull (front, third right) and Garvey Maceo students are all smiles after a successful school clean-up.

On Saturday, November 17, 2018, eight schools across Clarendon participated in the first staging of the parishwide Clarendon Clean-up, hosted by Davina Bennett in partnership with Wisynco Eco.

The initiative was conceptualised by Davina Bennett, the newly appointed lifestyle and wellness ambassador of Wisynco Group Ltd, and Wisynco Group Ltd, in an effort to promote a cleaner Jamaica, with the flagship event in Clarendon, her home parish. The event was aimed at assisting persons within Clarendon to become more environmentally conscious by making recycling fun and achievable.

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DEAR COUNSELLOR: Faking it with my ‘friends’

Dear Counsellor:
I am a 16-year-old student who is inclined to, what you would call, ‘faking it’. I am surrounded by the type of people who I have to be conscious of what I say, for fear of being judged. In other words, I cannot be myself. I call these people my friends, but they are anything but that, for I know they continuously talk about me behind my back. I am afraid to drop these friends, fearful of being alone, and also because I have grown attached to them. Yours truly,
T.C.

Dear T.C.,
Adolescence is an interesting time in a young person’s life. It is... read more

WOULD YOU RATHER HOLIDAY DILEMMA: WHAT ON EARTH SHOULD I DO?

Christmas is a time for giving, eating sumptuous food, spending time with family, partying with friends, worshipping and, in general, enjoying life. However, all this doesn’t mean that Christmas is always merry. Sometimes we can face issues during Christmas simply because we are unable to celebrate it how we like to, or we cannot decide what we’d rather do with the festive season. Check out these situations.

It’s Grand Market night, and you and your friends have been preparing for it for weeks now. However, your parents are going to a business function but they can’t take your... read more

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