Corporate Hands:Graduates benefit from collaboration

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February 22, 2016
Contributed From left: Members of the DHL Corporate Social Responsibility Committee Joni-Gaye Cawley, Dana Anderson, Michelle Phillips, Annettia Bennett-Atkinson, Jody-Jay Todd and Stefan Serju presenting the building material to Brother Albert from Missionaries of the Poor.
Contributed LeVaughn Flynn (left), senior communications manager at Red Stripe, greets Professor Archibald McDonald (right), principal of the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, during the UWI's Community Film Project (UWICFP)
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The University of the West Indies (UWI) and Red Stripe have once again contributed to creating job opportunities for young minds, through the company's Learning for Life entrepreneurial programme. Recently 35 students graduated from the UWI's Community Film Project (UWICFP), made possible with a generous contribution from Red Stripe for the students to learn and benefit from this film project programme.

The programme began with the intention to extend assistance to communities that have been labelled as unfortunate in an effort to give young men and women a chance to unveil potential in a difficult economy and transform themselves and their community. Areas such as August Town, Trench Town, Mona Commons and other communities were involved.

The programme which began in 2012, is a product of the Centre for Tourism and Policy Research at the Mona Campus. Professor Archibald McDonald, pro vice chancellor and principal of the campus, in his address to the graduates said, "UWICFP is one of those rare social and educational forces that have been specifically developed by the University to cauterise this way of thinking in our society. This project uses education through art as a means of showcasing the hidden talents and abilities of a community that lacks the support and proper recognition from the Jamaican society".

He also encouraged the gradates to consider this achievement as the foundation of proof to potential employers of their capabilities and personal abilities to work hard, easily learn complex and new concepts and work harmoniously with others from varying backgrounds to create a lucrative industry in the Caribbean. Red Stripe and UWI will continue to involve the communities as they work together to create more jobs, offer skills training and foster the importance of education as the game changer for development.

On January 29, DHL donated pieces of lumber, board and wood to the Missionaries of the Poor, which they will use to help build a home for homeless persons. The material was from a very large wooden crate used to import DHL's new equipment.

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