Young entrepreneur seeks to inspire boys

July 03, 2017
One of the boys from from the Vaz Prep GSAT class poses a question to McKay, as part of the rap session on preparing for high school.
Adriel McKay (centre), CEO of Signarama Jamaica is joined by boys who were part of the session. The boys received gifts from Signarama.

Adriel McKay, CEO of Signarama Jamaica, is on a mission to ensure that our nation's youth have a solid foundation to tackle the challenges of the future.

It was in this vein that he recently accepted the invitation to speak to the male cohort of Grade Six Achievement Test students at Vaz Preparatory School as part of their preparation to transition to their new lives in high school.

Said McKay, "Education has always been a major part of my advancement through life and I believed that in this instance, it was important to ensure these boys, the men of the future, understood the same. It was important that the lessons I have learnt are shared, as I believe they were valuable in getting me to where I am today".

The Branson Centre alumnus, in a wide-ranging discussion with the boys, exhorted them to emulate what he called the four Ps of success, namely the power of practice, the power of giving, the power of thank you; and the power of God.

He also shared with them the importance of choosing their friends wisely, as they can influence the direction of their lives positively or negatively.

His words of encouragement addresed the importance of appropriate grooming, image portrayed on social media and the responsibilities that come with engaging in sexual activities.

McKay stated that his engagement with the children is a key mandate of his business and has crafted the Young @ Art initiative, a three-month programme designed to contribute to the expansion of the curriculum in basic and primary schools and an overhaul of signage in schools.

Young @ Art will provide internship for final-year visual arts students from the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.

These interns will be required to train teachers at the early-childhood level in the basics of graphic design. The programme will be launched in time for the new academic year throughout schools across the island.

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