A Triple C student, Jamesette Anglin, recently set up Girl Talk, a weekly session committed to helping her peers make the right choices in life.
‘There are a lot of young girls who do not receive the right guidance and they just don’t care about themselves,’ says Jamesette.
‘That is a burden to me and I want to help them.’
The Girl Talk sessions began on 7 February and were welcomed by a receptive group of young women and adults.
‘I think it was great,’ said Jackie Ebanks of Save Our Youth organisation.
‘We had about 12 girls that turned up and Jamesette did an excellent job.’
The weekly sessions will continue on Saturdays from 1-2.30pm at Triple C and all girls from ages 13 to 18 are encouraged to attend.
‘The youth of Cayman are constantly bombarded with unhealthy messages,’ said Dean of Students and Secondary School Vice Principal Bob Lankford.
‘This is an important opportunity for teenage girls to examine their influences and make informed decisions along the road to adulthood.’
Jamesette is a member of Save Our Youth, which is dedicated to the positive development of young people, which has also lent support to Girl Talk.
The subjects for the initial Girl Talk sessions are based on a series of books that Jamesette has read, including: Sexy Girls: How Hot Is Too Hot? and The Technical Virgin: How Far Is Too Far? by Hayley DiMarco, The Dirt on Breaking Up by Hayley DiMarco and Justin Lookadoo, and The Dirt on Drugs by Justin Lookadoo.
‘The classes are about teaching them to be young ladies and care about themselves, and lower the pregnancy rate,’ she said.
Celina Russell, a student at John Gray High School and president of the Save Our Youth advisory board, is helping to publicize Girl Talk.
‘I think it’s important to be helping girls to talk about the issues and the problems they’re facing, rather than keep them inside, otherwise it’s a burden on their shoulders,’ Celina said.
Jamesette acknowledges the support SOY has offered to Girl Talk:
‘I have always wanted to do this and didn’t know where to start. Save Our Youth is an outstanding organisation; they make you see your true potential,’ she said.
For more information about Girl Talk, contact Ms Ebanks at 916-6182 or Jamesette at 924-1893
For more information about Save Our Youth, email [email protected]