Mirrors Extends Program for Men Up to 24 Yrs

April 8, 2010

The Government run Mirrors Programme will hold its sixth Community Programme event in June, with the age requirement extended to include males aged 19 – 24 yrs old.

The Community Programme will feature a 6 day residential and a 9 month follow through component. The Ministry of Social Rehabilitation says elements will allow participants an opportunity to examine their lives, how they arrived at the point that they are at, where they wish they could be, and what it will take to get there. Participants will re-examine their core beliefs, and learn how to better manage their actions and re-actions. Through ongoing support, they will produce a new set of behaviours, actions, and results in their lives.

Minister of Culture and Social Rehabilitation Neletha Butterfield said:

This is a critical time for all residents in Bermuda because some of our young people are in desperate need of our support. Recent events in our community must serve as a wakeup call that we can no longer afford to stand on the sidelines saying something must be done.

The problems we face must not be dismissed as a Government or police concern but must rather be a concern for all Bermudians and residents. The time is now for us to ask the question, What Can I Do To Help?

To date Mirrors has enrolled 154 youth participants, with many of these either currently enrolled in high school or a GED programme, or already graduated from high school.

On March 20, twenty one young men between the ages of 18-21 successfully completed the third phase of the Mirrors Programme, and were guests at an awards ceremony held at the Willowbank Resort.

The Mirrors Programme enters its fourth year of operation in 2010, with the Ministry of Culture and Social Rehabilitation being allocated $2.5 million in the 2010/11 budget to continue this initiative.

Minister Neletha Butterfield adding:

These are challenging times for our community, and we have an opportunity to reach out and make a difference in the lives of approximately 45 young men; to give them a chance to reflect, to consider their options; and make positive plans to re-direct their future to achieve their ultimate potential.

We invite interested persons, whether you are from the business community, church community, other community organizations, or just a caring individual; we invite you to give your time and commitment to a very important segment of our community – our youth. You are invited to attend lunch and learn sessions at the Mirrors Office every Wednesday at 12 Noon and 1:30pm. These sessions are ongoing until May 5th. Interested persons should note that May 14th is the deadline for volunteer registration for the June Community Programme. For more information please contact the Mirrors Office at 294-9291 or email mirrors@gov.bm .

Help us to help our youth. Help them to reconnect with education, reconnect with employment, reconnect with their parents, and reconnect with themselves!

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