Parade Gardens

September 26, 2011

I was introduced to RISE Life Management Services about 5 years ago by my youth club - The LEAD Youth Club. Since then my life has totally been transformed. RISE has developed my life in several instrumental ways and I can without a doubt say that without it I would  not have been the young man I am today.

From the initial stages, in fourth from of Jamaica College preparing to move on the CXC level, my father who was the only parent I lived with had no idea how my school fees would have been covered. Being a a part of this programme introduced me to several other organizations which covered my school fees. The programme supported me and has continued to play all important role in financing my education up to this level where I am now in my final year of the University of the West Indies, about to become a holder of a Bachelors Degree in Economics. Being a youth leader at RISE has placed me in the right situations to get the scholarships and grants I needed.  

To go even further, for the past four years, this organization has been my main source of income. I have worked as a Community Assistant, Youth Development Assistant and Teaching Assistant. these jobs definitely showed me the value of responsibility and how to have a professional attitude.

Lastly, but the most important contribution of RISE to my life is the effects on my leadership ability. One of RISE main mandates is to produce great youth leaders. To take them from their inexperience, shy and reserved state where confidence and all other characteristics needed for greatness are lacking and transform them into leaders of society. This is exactly what RISE has done for me. Without a speck of doubt I can say that the programmes offered by RISE coupled with the Facilitators' attitude and motivation, has made me into the man I am today. A young man on the road to greatness who recently won a few awards with much more to come, and a young man who CANNOT THANK RISE 'ENUFF'!!! 


Jerome Cowan