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Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts in partnership with the Esimaje Foundation officially launched the 2016 edition of its Male Mentorship Programme at the Carenage Regional Complex on Thursday November 10, 2016. The theme for this year’s initiative is “You Can Do It Too.”
 
In delivering the feature address at the launch, Founder and CEO, Dr Ote Esimaje told mentees that “whatever they put their minds to, they can achieve.” He said that having a mentor “allows you to push yourself beyond your comfort zone.”
 
He cited Microsoft CEO, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet as examples of highly successful men, who had mentors. Furthermore, he stated that participants will receive a copy of the book “The Richest Man In Babylon,” which will be used as their workbook for the programme specifically geared towards young men in the community. The workshop will run for a period of three months, with a total of over forty (40) participants.
 
Acting Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts, Ms Beverly Reid-Samuel delivered remarks on behalf of Minister, Dr The Honourable Nyan Gadsby-Dolly.
 
She said the Ministry recognises the role that it plays in youth development in communities across Trinidad and Tobago. As such, she formally applauded the work of The Esimaje Foundation towards empowering men to take full advantage of opportunities that foster healthy fatherhood functioning, positive leadership and accountability in the home, community and nation.
 
She also noted that in May, the Ministry launched the Reach Mentorship Programme in collaboration with The Association of Female Executives of Trinidad and Tobago (AFETT), which focused on young women in society.
 
Also in attendance at the launch were: representatives of various religious organizations and educational bodies.
 
The Ministry is proud to partner with the Esimaje Foundation in this initiative geared towards connecting young men with mentors, professionals in various fields, who will guide them towards progressive thinking and development.