Sing it, Akilah

Akilah Harris of Eltham Park, Spanish Town, is a third-form student at Immaculate Conception High School. She has a gift of singing. This talent was uncovered in 2016 when Harris first attended the Avant Academy of Music summer camp.

Harris explains that she loves to sing and does it wherever she goes; however, she sings mostly at church. “I started singing at about age eight and I haven’t stopped since,” she declares. “I express my thoughts better when I sing, and it helps when I become too stressed or overwhelmed.” Though she is interested in learning other musical instruments,... read more

DEAR COUNSELLOR: The cost of a relationship

Dear Counsellor:

I am 17 and since I was in third form, three girls have played with my feelings; they just used me for my money and left me heartbroken. What do they see in me why they decide to use me?
Yours truly,
– D.F.

Dear D.F.,

In life, we all make choices. Whatever the choice we make, there will always be consequences. Good choices usually result in good consequences; likewise, bad choices give bad consequences. You made a choice to give money to these girls. I did not get from your situation that you were forced or robbed. Did you... read more

JANICE GORDON: From rebel to leader

Looking at the super confident, smiling, friendly Kellits High School head girl, Janice Gordon, it would be hard to imagine that she was once a rebel and troublemaker.

With a grin, she tells Youthlink that her life underwent a total transformation at the school, through caring counsellors and teachers who invested their time in making her a better person.

Now in lower-sixth form, Janice has her sights set on being either a journalist or a lawyer, or both, if possible. She has earned six ones, three twos and a three in her Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate exams, and... read more

Clarendon high schools team up to cleanup

Fat Skull (front, third right) and Garvey Maceo students are all smiles after a successful school clean-up.

On Saturday, November 17, 2018, eight schools across Clarendon participated in the first staging of the parishwide Clarendon Clean-up, hosted by Davina Bennett in partnership with Wisynco Eco.

The initiative was conceptualised by Davina Bennett, the newly appointed lifestyle and wellness ambassador of Wisynco Group Ltd, and Wisynco Group Ltd, in an effort to promote a cleaner Jamaica, with the flagship event in Clarendon, her home parish. The event was aimed at assisting persons within Clarendon to become more environmentally conscious by making recycling fun and achievable.

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DEAR COUNSELLOR: Faking it with my ‘friends’

Dear Counsellor:
I am a 16-year-old student who is inclined to, what you would call, ‘faking it’. I am surrounded by the type of people who I have to be conscious of what I say, for fear of being judged. In other words, I cannot be myself. I call these people my friends, but they are anything but that, for I know they continuously talk about me behind my back. I am afraid to drop these friends, fearful of being alone, and also because I have grown attached to them. Yours truly,

Dear T.C.,
Adolescence is an interesting time in a young person’s life. It is... read more


Christmas is a time for giving, eating sumptuous food, spending time with family, partying with friends, worshipping and, in general, enjoying life. However, all this doesn’t mean that Christmas is always merry. Sometimes we can face issues during Christmas simply because we are unable to celebrate it how we like to, or we cannot decide what we’d rather do with the festive season. Check out these situations.

It’s Grand Market night, and you and your friends have been preparing for it for weeks now. However, your parents are going to a business function but they can’t take your... read more

Youth ‘level up’ for Youth Month

Youth across Jamaica began their month-long campaign to ‘level up’ at the launch of National Youth Month on Friday, November 2, at the newly opened Ocean Seven Lounge at Victoria Pier in downtown Kingston.

The event began at 5 p.m. with scores of energized youth, and “highlighted the numerous opportunities that the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has coordinated to ensure that all Jamaican youth can have access to ‘level up’ their academics, community involvement, skill development and entrepreneurial efforts”, said State Minister Floyd Green. A realistic, three-... read more

Shamaro Brown is looking to make his mark in landscaping

Shamaro Brown

Kellits High School’s head boy, Shemaro Brown, has his sights set on being an architect or a building engineer. This desire, he said, is powered by his love for the practical field. Today, he is thankful for having positive influences in his life, and he doesn’t even want to think what would have happened to him otherwise.

According to Shemaro, when he started Kellits High he wasn’t exactly a model student. “When I was in grade seven, while I was not disrespectful to teachers, I was very troublesome and used to pick on students and do troublesome things,” he confessed.

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SWEET SUCCESS Shy-Anne Shamelia Harris grateful for CSEC passes

Shy-Anne Harris

As countless students are in the throes of academic study, homework assignments and graded classwork, Youthlink takes the time to share some success stories as sources of motivation for the future. Celebrate the accomplishments of these champions of the recent Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams.

Reading about success is always sweet, especially when it highlights the limitless potential of our young people. Success tastes even better for those experiencing it and those witnessing it, when it emerges beyond the shadow of struggle. Thus, for 17-year-old... read more

YL:DEAR COUNSELLOR Imprisoned father

Dear Counsellor:
I am a 16 years old and I am literally melting down and confused on the inside. My father is being innocently imprisoned for 15 years for an ‘unseen’ crime. He is, or was, the breadwinner of a family of four. I am nothing without him; and my younger sisters, too. I am flooded with negative questions that are affecting me mentally and physically. I usually do well in school, recently passing seven subjects and now on to sixth form, but as time goes by, I am slowly slipping. It’s difficult for my mother to send three children to school and my community isn’t large,... read more


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