I wish I would one day write such prose knowing that I was a catalyst in this movement whilst I sat there in the various communities flying the flag for Powerful Measures. Unfortunately that day has not yet arrived but when it does arrive, we can surely say that we played our part.
I have had the privilege to revisit all of the areas we conducted our careers week at and have
met persons who benefited from the careers week. One youth leader asked if we would return but to his youth group as he wanted to pass his newly found knowledge and the whole experience unto his group. For him it was the attention and also the sensitivity to his dream without ridicule that he appreciated. Another young man in another area was happy to reel off the different organisations he had sent his newly revamped resume to and he was confident of his chances.
My favourite encounter and definitely my funniest encounter was with a community leader of an area. I had been given the privilege to be one of the judges of this community as part of Jamaica’s Better Environments for Social Transformation (BEST) competition which is happening across the country’s 783 communities. I had the pleasure of hearing the head of the community proudly explaining to me how positive an effect the career development week had been in their community and how such programmes were invaluable to communities such as his. Unbeknownst to him, the recipient of this information (me), was part of the ‘dream’ team that came to his community. It was good to hear such candid feedback and promoted with such fervour.
The Career week was simply an ignition enabling the recipient to reflect on themselves and their skills. What is now needed is the regular follow up that both reminds them of the skills
they learnt during their consultations but also provides the reassurance for often damaged egos that this was no one off experience as has been the accusations of numerous projects internationally. Thankfully Powerful Measures does not aim to be a one trick pony as there are neither tricks nor ponies insight but rather a longer term vision. Currently there are a number of those young people seen who need mentors who can provide one hour of their time per week for a subscribed period. It is a double-edged rewarding experience as both parties will undoubtedly grow from the experience.
St Ann has definitely benefited from and openly welcomed the career development week.
It’ll be good to see this spread to other communities of Jamaica who would not
normally have such a service come to their neighbourhood.
By Daniel Max - Orumbie