Young men urged to cultivate a mindset of excellence | New

Young men are encouraged to cultivate a mindset of excellence in everything they do and to always focus on the positive.

These words of encouragement came from Nashan Miller, Policy Analyst (Acting) and Focal Point for the Men and Masculinity Program, Office of Gender Affairs, at an Excellence Youth Empowerment Forum at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on November 17.

The event was part of the observation activities for International Men’s Day (IMD) on November 19, under the theme “Outstanding Men: Leading By Example”.

Miller told the assembled youth that a mindset of excellence would push them to continually improve in everything they do and prepare them for any challenges they may face.

Referring to the theme of IMD, Miller praised the men in society who serve as positive role models and lead by example.

He noted that “for too long we have allowed negative stereotypes to overshadow the positive impacts of men in our society. It is therefore important to point out [to] the men who do the right thing as we see them, we appreciate their positive contributions to their families, their communities and that they are role models for our boys ”.


Motivational speaker Sean Williams urged young men to change the way they think, noting that with this change, “anything is possible.”

“Your thoughts determine your attitude, your attitude determines your behavior, your behavior determines your habit, habit shapes character, and your character determines your destiny,” he said.

Boys from Haile Selassie High School, Camperdown High School and YWCA Vocational Center attended the empowerment session.

Information booths were set up by Jamaica’s firefighters, the National Council on Drug Abuse and the HEART / NSTA Trust.

IMD focuses on the health of men and boys, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality and highlighting positive male role models in society.

In addition, it offers men and boys the opportunity to celebrate their achievements and their contribution to community and national development.

IMD encourages men to teach, lead and mentor boys and lead by example in creating a better society by promoting positive masculinity; share the positive contributions of other men to society, community, family, marriage, child care and the environment; improve gender relations and promote gender equality; and create a better and safer world where people can live free from harm and grow to reach their full potential.

He also seeks to join global discussions on manhood, male experiences and challenges to galvanize efforts to improve these situations.

IMD was first celebrated in Trinidad and Tobago.

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