The Rotaract Club of St. Kitts rolled out a mentorship programme dubbed Each one Teach One’ in Cayon High School this week giving students an avenue to air their views freely without fear of criticism or repercussions.
Kadian Banton, Community Service Director of the Rotaract Club of St. Kitts, speaking after the first interaction of the students explained that the initiative came about because they saw the need for this type of programme in the schools and community at large.
She explained,”The programme is geared towards creating a safe environment for students to come and speak freely and openly without feeling judged or criticised for doing so.
She continued, “We basically want to establish a relationship with these students where if something happens they can feel free or know at the end of the day this particular person or group of person have my back.”
Banton explained that the students are encouraged to talk about issues whether positive or negative.
“Whether something good or bad happens we want them to feel free to call and talk to us about it and if it is something good we want them to be excited.”
She disclosed what was discussed during the first meet up with the students.
“Some of the topics we discussed were drugs and violence, sex and relationships, the impact of social media on youth and career choices.”
Banton continued, “The children were very cooperative, they were very interactive, they had a lot to say and based on what we saw today, we are aware that we have a lot of work to do with these children and at the end of the day if we can touch just one person from the group and make a positive influence the programme would have been a success.”
The launch of the initiative forms part of World Rotaract Week celebrations in St. Kitts and Nevis that also includes Blood Drive Awareness, food carton distribution and a blood bank donation