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Brighter Minds Creating Successful Businesses

Teaching Essential Business Skills

Youth Mentoring Ministry is currently hosting our annual summer programme.

The theme for this year is “Brighter Minds Creating Successful Businesses”.

July, 2019

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Day 1

Ms. Del Dyer, our Director, spoke to the youth on the subject of Home Economics, and Ms. Suzette Douglas, Treasurer and Thrift Store Manager discussed businesses; explaining what a business is, what  different types of businesses exist, what it takes to make a business successful, and what to do to prevent business failure.

Del Dyer, our Director, spoke to the youth on the subject of Home Economics.

Ms. Suzette Douglas, Treasurer and Thrift Store Manager discussed businesses.

On Day 2

We had guests share testimonials regarding their businesses. Mr. and Mrs. Forbes, a local couple, shared information about their respective businesses with our youth. Mr. Forbes, who is a Sales Representative for a well known local vacation adventure company, established and operates a bee and honey business, while his wife, a chemistry teacher at a local high school, operates a hair and beauty products business. YMM Board Member and Secretary, Liz Fagan, shared information on her cake business, and Mrs. Rosanne Reid, Author, Entrepreneur, and Entrepreneurship Coach, also paid us a visit to discuss the elements of a business plan.

Mr. and Mrs. Forbes, a local couple, shared information about their respective businesses with our youth.

Visit from Rosanne Reid, Author, ‘From Pain to Purpose’

On Day 3

We focused on saving, and on financing a business. Mr. Frederick Young and Mrs. Stacey Ann Davidson, both from JN Bank,  visited with us in the morning. Mr. Young, who is from the bank’s small business department, spoke to the youth about financing the business, while Mrs. Davidson spoke on Saving. In the afternoon we were visited by Mr. Kashen Walters, a young, dynamic and very knowledgeable  employee of Sagicor Group Jamaica. He shared a broad spectrum of information regarding overall financial and business success with the youth.

Mr. Young, who is from the bank’s small business department, spoke to the youth about financing the business.

On Day 4

The Youth focused on YMM business activities; primarily our thrift store. Ms. Suzette Douglas, our Thrift Store Manager, led the children through lessons on product, merchandise presentation, and advertisement. They were also instructed on proper maintenance of the store, including cleanliness and aesthetics.

Mentees setting up shop in the market

On Day 5

The youth took all their newly acquired business skills out to market! On the fourth Friday of every month, thanks to Scotiabank Jamaica, YMM is able to set up a tent with thrift store merchandise in the bank’s parking lot. The youth displayed the merchandise, and assisted in sales to passers by and bank staff and patrons.  Please see our Day 5 photos below.

YMM set up a tent with thrift store merchandise in the bank’s parking lot.

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