RASHI PEARCE is passionate about giving

Rashi Pearce accepts the Youth Minister’s Award for Leadership from State Minister Alando Terrelonge.

He describes the art of giving as a passion for him. Eighteen-year- old Rashi Pearce, the incoming head boy at Frome Technical High School in Westmoreland, wants to be more than just an ordinary youngster. Consequently, in December 2018 when he launched the Rashi & Friends Foundation, he achieved just that – going above the ordinary and using the loaf of bread he had to multiply into greater things.

“I was motivated by my brother, Ikula Pearce, who is the youth member of parliament for Western Westmoreland,” he told Youthlink. The older Pearce has a foundation that gives grants... read more

DEAR COUNSELLOR: French Vs ‘Sciance’

Dear Counsellor:
I am a 14-year-old female, and I have been having some health issues that seem too much for one person. Both my parents are overseas, and my grandmother is my main caregiver. I have intense cramps in my belly, and at times, I have bouts of sleepiness. My grandmother is an ardent churchgoer and is of the belief that someone has placed ‘sciance’ on me. She now wants to take me to a special prayer meeting and get ‘it’ off me. I have tried telling her that I do not believe that it is any ‘sciance’ and that something may be wrong with me physically.

Truth be told,... read more

JC old boys create big-brother student support programme

Members of JCOBA stand with teachers, parents and some of the Big Brother beneficiaries following the launch ceremony on the school grounds recently.

JAMAICA COLLEGE (JC) old boys have always shown their loyalty and dedication to their alma mater by giving of their time, talent and resources. Indeed, the transformation of JC is purely owing to the love and commitment that the ‘True Blue’ faithful have demonstrated over the years, resulting in the magnificent campus that now sits at 189 Old Hope Road. However, the support of the old boys goes much further than the buildings and the stadium and the well-resourced sports teams that have made JC the envy of all high schools in Jamaica. Indeed, JC old boys have long recognised that one... read more

DEAR COUNSELLOR: I need someone to hear me!

Dear Counsellor:
I am 15 years old and I am feeling a deep and uncomfortable heaviness in my mind. There is a lot of negativity happening around me and I am forbidden to talk to anyone outside of my family. My mother and father are quarrelling quite often and are very loud. I know that everyone in the housing scheme can hear them when they get started. My older brother has taken up with bad company, and I know that he is smoking weed when he is with them. I have been noticing, too, that my uncle has been very ‘friendly’ and this makes me uncomfortable, but my mother thinks... read more


Resolutions, Celebrations and reinvention ... those are typically the words we begin to think about as we are approaching a new year. Whether you're into New Year's festivities or not, you can't deny that it is a time which prompts reflection. This week Youthlink is prompting to start an early version of that reflection with these situations.

It's New Year's Eve and your group of friends is having a get-together at your best friend's house. They insist that they need to light firecrackers, for it to be a proper New Year's celebration. You're the only one with easyaccess to... read more

10 Fun facts about summer

1.      The first modern Olympic Games were held in the summer in 1896 in Athens, Greece.

2.      The first day of summer is between June 20 and June 22 every year. The first day of summer is called the summer solstice, and the day varies due to the Earth's rotation not exactly reflecting our calendar year.

3.      The last day of summer is September 20.

4.      Watermelon is one of summer's best summer treats. Did you know that watermelons are not a fruit, but a vegetable? They belong to the cucumber family of vegetables.

5.      If you love ice cream, the... read more

Dear Counsellor: TO VAPE OR NOT TO VAPE

Dear Counsellor: My name is Sash and I am a 13-year-old female. I have been using a fruit-based product called 'JUUL' instead of smoking marijuana or cigarettes. My friends all do it, and I do not think it is as harmful as some people believe. I know it is harmless as it is just a fruit-flavoured product that most teens use now. My parents, I know, would not understand, nor would they allow me to vape. I think 'old people' just need to get with the times and chill a little. What do you think?
— Sash

Dear Sash: According to Linda Richter, PhD, vaping is the act of inhaling and... read more


If one could believe that the mystery of the existence of human beings lies not just in staying alive, but in finding a reason to be here and what to live for, then one has the same mindset as Rondell Positive. On September 20, 2019, Rondell Positive Music went to Charlie Smith High School to launch its third staging of the 'Open to Purpose' devotional school tour. This tour was launched for a number of reasons, but the main purpose is to assist the next generation in finding its purpose through Christ.

The entire event captured the crux of the theme and was very inspirational. The... read more


In our modern society, the Internet is something we usually won’t avoid and can’t seem to live without. Especially among young people, the Internet has become one of the prime tools in our daily lives, some can’t even imagine life without it. Some of us use it as our primary source of knowledge and entertainment. Therefore, if you do have to go through an extended Wi-Fi-less period, how would you fair? Would you be willing to use other resources? Take a look at these situations then give it some serious thought.

Recently, your grades have begun to slip significantly. You feel that... read more

Dear Counsellor: Product of INFIDELIT


AM 14 years old and I just recently found out that the man I know as my 'father' is not my biological father, and that my biological father is married, resides in Cayman, and I have one younger and two older siblings. My mother recently died from ovarian cancer and my 'father', in his grief, told me all this when he was drunk. I am still in shock! I am numb and in disbelief. My world, as I have known it, has been turned upside down and I am not sure where to go. I feel like an alien. I want to run away and hide. I am embarrassed to know... read more

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