Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 20th 2013 Contents p.18
MINISTRY OF GENDER, YOUTH & CHILD DEVELOPMENT
Kyle Benjamin is a
regular child, he loves
to ride his bike, play
video games and play
with his friends. He is
one of fraternal twin
brothers who both are
standard Five (5) students of the New Grant
enjoys assisting with chores around the home,
A Grade 1 music student, he is often heard
practicing on the piano, but his artistic ability
shows when a simple journey to put out the
garbage turns into a musical. He would be seen
doing a few dance moves and singing on his
Being the only junior male member of the
Reminiscence Cultural Group, Kyle has performed
the area of Dance, Music and Drama from 2010
to 2013. In 2012, he also represented his school in
San Fest where he earned a Certificate of Merit.
His love for arts has taken him around Trinidad to
various competitions and shows performing with
his group or solo. Recently he formed part of the
cast for the reenactment of Emancipation held
on the Waterfront in Port of Spain.
Kyle Benjamin made his mark on the national
Talent Show this year, and emerged with the
special prize for dance. He wowed Trinidad and
Tobago and the Judges with his energy, artistic
ability and a winning smile. When it comes to
always ready! In minutes he would be ready to
do a dance for church or a community concert.
Each one of us has the
ability to influence
someone wanting to
do or create
something. Quite often
however, we never
utilize this ability and
deprive many persons from benefiting from our
I know of this young lady who was pursuing her
the bunch but it was evident that she was trying.
Her poor attitude towards teachers and peers
often got her in trouble, but all she needed was
one person to reason with her and she would
apologize and revert to a more positive attitude.
About two weeks had passed and she was
absent from school. Instantly, rumors flooded the
class rooms of every possible negative thing that
could have been the reason. I decided not to
never gave into those rumors. What I saw
important was her education of which she was
being deprived of.
I took initiative and decided that I would get all
the work she was missing. This meant that I would
have to take up a total of 16 subjects; my eight
and her eight subjects. I spent my lunch time
sessions copying notes for her, recess running
down teachers to collect assignments, and free
periods trying to understand the topics so I could
have explained it. I would go to her house at the
end of every week to drop off these books and
assignments, however never getting the
opportunity to see her because she would always
make excuses. This cycle persisted until the end of
the term, but I was diligent at it.
The July/August school break had come and I
went off on vacation. On returning, I received a
surprise phone call from her saying she had some
news to give me. She stated that she was
pregnant all along and gave birth to her baby
boy over the vacation. Initially, I was shocked and
terribly disappointed in her actions but comforted
that she and the baby were safe and well.
She added how grateful she was for me never
giving up on her even when she avoided me and
gave up on herself. She expressed that she
wanted to drop out of school when she found
out of her pregnancy, but constantly seeing
these assignments and books forced her to stop
and actually do her work.
I can proudly say that this young lady returned to
school and went on to writing her CXC
examinations, and came out with excellent
results. She continues in tertiary education
studying business finance.
change their entire future. Education is a basic
asset that all young people should pursue. If you
know of someone who is falling behind for
whatever reason, you have the opportunity to be
an inspiration to them, by starting with the step of
unique talents because we are all unique.
Imagine ... there are about 7 billion people on
the earth and there is just no other person
who is exactly like you. There are things that
you can do that might come natural and
others that may not be so easy. What might
be easy for you may not be so easy for
Everyone is different and everyone has
different talents and talents come in many
varieties. Some people are good at certain
things like drawing, singing, playing a musical
instrument, painting, playing sports, climbing
trees, acting, solving puzzles or problems,
telling jokes, lifting heaving stuff, cooking,
designing or talking to many people. The list
can go on and on and sometimes you can
even create new talents that no one has ever
Most people believe that you are born with
your talents, BUT many people who loved
He take his performances very seriously. To him it
is his profession.
Whilst this term his activities have been
decreased for him to concentrate on his
Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA), Kyle
continues to strive for excellence in the area of
the performing arts and in his academics.
something so much that they became great at it
by practicing. And there are also some people
so good after not practicing for a long time.
So even if it is easy or not... one thing is for sure,
you still need to work at it to make it better. But
of course it helps if you know what your talent is.
Sometimes finding your talent is easy but for
some this may be tricky.
Some of you already know what it is but for
those who are still searching, well one rule that is
sure to help is...to try something new! Think about
what you love to do and do it. Have fun, play
will be good at something until you try. And if
That does not mean you should give up. Once
you discover your talent or talents- Enjoy.
And if you already know what your talent is, the
worst thing you can do is waste it. Some talents
can lead to a future career or sometimes it
might be an enjoyable hobby. Either way, be
thankful for your talents and use them to the best
of your ability.
Promoting, Protecting, Guiding and
Empowering Our People
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