Mirrors Programme making inroads with new graduates

Posted by on Sep 27, 2010 in Local News & Alerts | 0 comments

THIRTY-SEVEN young men have completed the third phase of Government’s successful Mirrors Programme.

Started in 2007 as a vision of Premier Ewart Brown, the inititative is aimed at molding young men into future role models.

Social Rehabilitation Minister Neleetha Butterfield said the men range from ages 15 to 18.

Saturday’s completion ceremony also celebrated the completion of the nine-month Follow Through Series, held at the Berkley Institutes.

The young people were paired with a volunteer from the community, who coached them once a week, face-to-face and twice a week by phone, email, or via text.

Government is adamant the nine month follow-through phase provides an opportunity for the young people to put into practice the curriculum they learned during the six day residential period.

Participants are invited to consider what it means to be “committed” and asked to look at their attitudes and core beliefs.

The ceremony was an opportunity for the young people to showcase their talent through a section entitled “Youth Expression”.

Mirrors Coordinator Kimberley Jackson said: “This is the full essence of the programme, giving young people the tools to stand up and deliver on their dreams and ideas.

“They wanted to put a programme together and they did it.

“I am proud of them. They really took this on and  delivered.

“Without a doubt these young adults gained self-esteem and confidence over the course of this programme, and for that I am thrilled.”

For more information on how you can volunteer in the Mirrors Programme call 294-9291 or email mirrors@gov.bm .

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