January 26, 2017
Justice of the Peace and retired teacher Myrtle Roy is all about mentoring the children in her Effortville/Farm community in Clarendon.
Having raised two of her own, she has extended her motherly touch to those who need love and attention in the area.
Her home has been a place of refuge for potential at-risk youth who soak up the nurture and interest she continues to show in them.
In an interview with Rural Xpress, Roy said while teaching at the Cross Primary and Junior High School in the parish, she built up an affinity for the students, especially those who were troubled.
It concerned her that some of them never went any further after completing primary school, some of whom aligned themselves with the wrong company.
“In my community, I have children that I help because of their financial struggles,” she said.
Roy said her first interaction with the children at her home started with her grandson inviting them over.
“He has a set of friends that he would invite to the house. It was then I started talking to them, mentoring them, and giving them the newspapers to read. I would then initiate a discussion on some of the issues,” she said.
This kind of love and care she showed to them, opened the door to many more unattached youth dropping by, and Roy has not turned away one. She includes them in her circle of care and tries to advise and steer them along the right path.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE
When some express the desire to go back to school, she would reach out to James and Friends Education Programme to get help for them.
“Their parents cannot send them to school, so at times, I have to intervene by seeing how the programme can assist them,” she said, heaping praises on a few who stayed committed once they were given the opportunity to learn a skill or a chance to get back in school.
For Roy, who has lived in the volatile community for more than 20 years, the answer is to continue to care and reach out, which she believes will make a difference.
“I also attend their youth meetings and encourage them to continue meeting in that fashion,” she shared.
Roy might have retired from the classroom, but she said she will forever be imparting knowledge to those in the community who needs it.