UTECH and Digicel team up to ‘Teach the Youth’
Telecommunications leader, Digicel has joined the University of Technology (UTECH) Students’ Union outreach programme dubbed ‘Teach the Youth’.
Over 600 students from the communities of Tavern, Highlight View, Kintyre, August Town and Sandy Park will therefore benefit from a 3-week ‘Teach the Youth’ summer programme which is geared at harnessing the talent of young men and women and inspire them to be agents of change in their respective neighbourhoods.
Initially conceived in 1999 by then union members, Darren Forsthye and Julian Romanetti, this year’s summer programme will run from Monday, July 13 through to July 31.
Speaking at the launch held at the UTECH Technology Innovation Centre recently, Akili Henny, director of community service in the union shared that, “one of the main aims of this programme is to foster integration with communities surrounding the university.”
The students, ages 6 to 18 years will be engaged in Art, English, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, as well as Reading Comprehension classes.
With a focus not only on academic development, the programme will also feature ‘Empowerment Thursdays’ activities where various members of corporate Jamaica will come in to spend a day with the students.
Digicel made its commitment to supporting the initiative with a cheque for $350,000 that was officially handed over to the union at the launch to help offset costs associated with hosting the summer school.
“Youth championing youth development is a great way to steer the direction of the future of our country,” said Kamal Powell, Digicel’s senior sponsorship and development manager.
Powell continues, “We see ourselves as more than a sponsor – we are partner of this very important initiative, so we are committed to helping to make this a very rewarding experience for the students this summer.”
Additionally, the company said it will be providing prizes for the top boy and girl from each centre and will transform the sports day into a back to school fair where each student will leave with an item necessary for the new school term in September.
Other companies that have joined the programme are Jamaica National Building Society through JN Way and JN Foundation, Island Road Trip, Lasco through its iCool brand, Reggae Jammin, Uncommon Arts, Jamaica Values and Attitude Project, Jamaica Information Service, FAME FM, IGL, COK Credit Union, Jamaica Products, ATL and iWatch Campus.