Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 19th 2015 Contents ROLAND THOMAS
As a youth myself, for too long
we have suffered from the
repercussions of others. For too
long we have sat back and allowed
others to make devastating and
harmful decisions on our behalf.
The lack of provision of resources
has affected us tremendously.
Therefore, I say to you, it is time
we get up and take back what
rightfully belongs to us. It is time
we arise and speak out for our
PRECIOUS ST CLAIR
A lot of youth, including myself,
have a lot of aspirations, a lot of
ideas. But the question is: who will
we give these ideas to? Who will
listen to us and see these ideas
into fruition.... We are aware that
we do not have much say. Why
would we speak if we do not have
a say? Who will represent us? I
have in mind an NGO that I want to
start to help youth. That will
definitely be one of the first ideas.
I have a great concern with the
type of music being played on our
airwaves today. It is not
empowering, inspiring or
motivating our youths in any way.
Young people are a beacon of
change and in order to make that
change a holistic one. It must start
with the elders giving us a chance
to show what we can do by
expressing ourselves, our skills, our
talents and whatever other
experience we have. Young people
are very talented and it will only be
fair if we got just one chance.
relationship with God, my acute
senses and energy to be able to
remain constantly aware of what is
happening around me, in my
country and in this world. My
contemplations have brought me
to a point where I feel responsible
for the future of this place we call
home. In a rapidly changing world I
am becoming more and more
concerned about what lies ahead
for this our generation, and those
that follow. .... Understanding that
the choices made today result in
consequences tomorrow, I stand
before you today already living a
life of service to others.
I take this opportunity to
become a voice for the youth,
reminding our leaders to come
back to the virtue of service to the
people and beg them to commit to
securing a solid, secure future. I
intend to address issues
surrounding securing our future
through sustainable development
of agriculture, energy infrastructure
and investments for developing the
multi-talented youth population of
this independent nation.
JONATHAN A.A. THOMAS
My core principle and core
purpose is to empower and
promote the rights of the
neglected, of the abandoned, of the
shelved youth in our society, and to
bring matters and views that they
experience in life to the forefront
so that it can be addressed
seriously. We all know that the
young people are the future of this
society and who better to speak
about the future of this country
than the future itself? It is my
hope, it is my dream, it is my
commitment to help young people
begin to realise that they are
important and to help them to stop
being mere spectators, stop being
bench warmers, and for them to
stop allowing themselves to be
crowd control users. I want to help
them stand up, be bold, be full of
courage and to create a Trinidad
and Tobago that they want to see.
We have all heard it before:
"No youth, you can't get this job".
"No youth, you don't qualify for
an HDC home."
"You only receive a stipend."
"No youth, you cannot receive a
"You're too young and have no
ties and you're too old to walk
with your parents."
This must stop.
So expect to see a youth on
every state board, in every
parliament, every local government
council, every oil and gas company,
every nook and cranny of our
beloved T&T. We will have youth!
The youth are the energy of our
country. Youth are the engine room
of our workforce. Youth begins
with you- you were once a youth,
so why not allow us to develop and
be who we are? I mean, why not?
WAYNE S. RAMOUTAR
I have been unemployed for two
years, struggling and hoping that
one day I may get a job, even
though I was qualified for certain
positions. I am sure that a lot of
our youths have the same problem.
I think this problem needs to be
addressed because our youth are
the future. They need to be
employed from early, those who
are qualified and those who show
that they are willing to learn what
is required for the job.
These youths need to be in from
early so that they can learn the
system, grow the system, develop
the system and evolve the system.
While struggling for a job for the
two years, I have broken down in
tears and lost hope.
I don't wish to see the younger
generation, especially my nephews,
my nieces and my younger siblings
go through the same problem I
have gone through. So I would love
to do something to, hopefully, one
day, get rid of it.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
"The secret message
communicated to most
young people today by
the society around
them is that they are
not needed, that the
society will run itself
quite nicely until
they---at some distant
point in the future---
will take over the reins.
Yet the fact is that the
society is not running
itself nicely... because
the rest of us need all
the energy, brains,
imagination and talent
that young people can
bring to bear down on
our difficulties. For
society to attempt to
solve its desperate
problems without the
full participation of
even very young
people is imbecile."
--- Alvin Toffler
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