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Making a positive change in the lives of young women has been an ongoing effort of the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and Arts and the Association of Female Executives of Trinidad and Tobago (AFETT). Through this partnership 16 young women successfully graduated from the Reach Mentorship Programme.
At the graduation ceremony held at the Palo Seco Settlement Community Centre on Saturday November 26th, 2016, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Beverly Reid-Samuel, encouraged them to look at the bigger picture and come to the realisation that their personal development positively impacts national development. 
The programme which is in its 6th year, was held over a four week period. It aims at improving self-esteem, acknowledging the relationship among factors related to creativity and learning, which by extension empowers young ladies with awareness of their strengths and areas of development. 
President Elect of AFETT, Charlene Pedro encouraged the young women to use what they had learned to make a positive impact on their communities. 

Mentee Shania Drayton noted that the programme was considered a journey of transformation, which emphasised SMART goals and objectives and has already added great value to their lives.  They were also guided on the use of a vision board, which she stated has impacted not only their attitude but the outlook on their personal development. 

The evening’s entertainment was provided by members of the Siparia Police Youth Club Steel Orchestra. Joanna Gonsalves, Director - Social Outreach, AFETT, delivered the vote of thanks to close the programme.