The teens were graduates of the Community HUB Corporation’s 2013 ICT Skills Building Progamme held last Thursday at the Microsoft Trinidad and Tobago office, Mucurapo Road, Port-of-Spain.
The schools which were involved in the student-developed online media were Success Laventille Secondary, Russell Latapy Secondary and St George’s College.
The event showcased work done by the teen participants during the period October to November, 2013, to build websites which portrayed the positive aspects of their school life. Website content included research in written format, pictures and video produced by the students during the programme.
Participant Kris Adams of Success Laventille Secondary said in his valedictorian address he never have imagined he would be granted the opportunity afforded him by the Community HUB, and was looking at taking the skills gained during the programme into charting the course for his career going forward.
The Community HUB Corporation is a non-profit organisation that was set up in 2009 to empower young people by leveraging technology.
Community HUB Chairman, Atiba Phillips, in his feature address dispelled the myth that you can “just give young people a technology device and they’ll make magic” and described this as a commonly held misconception. “(But) it takes guidance, the provision of structure, examples, time, encouraging them up when they fail, and in general —coaching — to turn out positive results, particularly in a short space of time. Good old hard work, commitment and compassion. No magic,” he explained.
Columbus Communications (Flow) was the anchor sponsor of the programme.