Youth Speaker calls on young people to get involved in productive things

Lakeyia Joseph delivers her address at the rally

Youth Speaker, Lakeyia Joseph has called on young people to get involved in productive things to help develop Dominica.

She made that statement while delivering an address at the National Independence Rally held recently.

This year Dominica celebrates its 40th year of Independence, [Reunion 2018].

“My fellow young people, there is work to be done to continue to develop our beautiful land,” she said. “This is no time to sit around idly singing the same old song that this country has no jobs, there is something for you to do, get involved in something productive, because the future of our beloved land belongs to us, the vibrant, brilliant energetic youth.”

According to Joseph, the youth can play an important role in efforts to combat climate change in youth development, “in rebuilding our country, in charity work and in certainly volunteering.”

She encouraged them to have constructive conversations and to ensure that they get an education.

“Let us ensure that we play even a small part in the development of our blessed country as we celebrate 40 years of Independence,” she stated. “Let’s consider the sufferings and sacrifices of our four-fathers…”

She added, “We owe it to those who came before to be just as strong and just as determined.”

Joseph went on to say that in spite of where someone comes from, what their background may have looked like or the challenges they may face in life, that means nothing, “make it happen for yourselves, for your family and for your country.”

She told the young people, do not be afraid to dream and think big.

“Set goals, work to achieve them and make something great of yourselves,” she advised. “Be true to who you are and the goals you have set for yourselves.”

Joseph stressed the need for young people to be respectful.

“Respect all people, respect each other, don’t allow anyone to force you to fit in a box, spread your wings so high and wide that not even the universe can contain you,” she advised. “Never ever give up on yourself, your country, nor those around you.”

She encouraged them to to put God first in everything and to love and support each other.

“Tell your loved ones that you love them, and let them know you care,” she urged her peers.

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  1. viewsexpressed
    November 7, 2018

    Lakiaya. I hear you wholeheartedly, but without national leadership, good parenting and a designed path to go forward, your words and wishes will mean nothing to our young people. Look how many are in prison, unemployed and walking the streets engaged in fights and just loitering about, because there is nothing structured by this failed government to engage our youth. Skerrit and his failed Labour Government are perfect with fancy talk to appease and make you the youth lol, at the same time their big monthly salaries are secured not performing well and has brought our Dominica down to poverty.
    In absence of decent, honest leadership and good governance, with no state Bobol from those who purport it, our young people will not be able to follow those who has been applying and practising Bobol in government for years. We know who they are and not role models to our young people, they are very dangerous and engaged in open corruption , fleecing our country of its limited resources.

  2. Karl Orndem
    November 6, 2018

    like sports!!! but guess what? we have no playing fields that are readily available to us. After Hurricane David MAMO knew the people would need positive activities to deflect away from the stres of bringing back the country. she encouraged the development of playing fields and upgrade of windsor park multi purpose sporting facility. Today the Stadium takes up more land and serves much less. Unless is cricket and national football and wcmf and government celebrations the average person CANNOT go to windsor park and play games at their leisure. Majority of playing fields still house building materials. Start a business? no banks want to give loans to inexperienced youth with no security. Find a job? you are better off starting your own business. struggle is real for youth. We are tired of you all the older people in the country that love keeping us back and stop us from putting forth our ideas to elevate the country. you so called adults that act like high schoolers is why we leave DA.

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