Girl Talk Statia holds graduation ceremony | THE DAILY HERALD

Youth Coordinator and leader of Girl Talk Suyne Robins (second left) with the seven young women holding their certificates.

ST. EUSTATIUS–Girl Talk held a graduation ceremony Monday, in collaboration with the Centre for Youth and Family and Gwendoline van Putten (GvP) School, under the theme “Bright, Bold and Beautiful.” Girl Talk is a programme that caters to young women trying to prepare them for whatever the future may hold.

The seven young women ranging in ages from 14 to 17 years old received certificates at the ceremony, as well as their mothers. Each parent received an award highlighting their input in the interest of their child. They were bestowed with a significant name chosen by the organisation, such as “Mama Fun,” “Mama Motivational,” and “Mama Concern.”

During the ceremony there were various inspiring speeches and poems dedicated to the students and the programme, which is headed by Youth Coordinator Suyne Robins.

Social worker at GvP School Cecilia Gittens-Roosberg was the keynote speaker. She encouraged the graduates to continue their upward trend.

She said that only a limited number of persons attend Girl Talk, but they, in turn, interacted with their classmates at school, which caused the girls’ knowledge to spread, which, Gittens said, was a good thing.

Erica Simmons was named Youth Ambassador for the coming year. While accepting the award, she became very emotional and thanked everyone, but especially Robins, for their belief in her. She thanked her for taking her under her wing and treating her as her own daughter. “Without you, I would not have made it this far,” she said.

The award was bestowed on Simmons because of her commitment to the programme, her drive to learn, helpfulness and “excellent presence and punctuality.”

During the coming scholastic year, Simmons will become an essential part of the Girl Talk activities, it was stated.

Robins said it had been a joy to work with Simmons during the past year, “and if I had to do it all over again, I would gladly do it,” she said.

Source: The Daily Herald