THE Katalyxt team continued training by hosting their second sensitisation workshop for the Youth Innovators’ Competition at the Ministry of Education’s Regional Office in Browns Town, St Ann last month under the theme “Planting the Seed of Entrepreneurship in Fertile Soil.”
The 45 minutes drive from Kingston was worth it as the team entered the gates of the office excitement filled the atmosphere.
As the approximately 40 students and 16 teachers filled the meeting room, it was blatant that they recognised that something special was about to happen.
The hard working Senior Education Officer Karlene Segree noted that the event was “Oversold.”
Katalyxt team member Nordia Black welcomed the participants, opening the session giving God thanks for another opportunity to share.
The team leader, Winsome Minott delivered one of her memorable challenges, featuring the lives of Jamaican Real Life entrepreneurs including Karl Hendrickson, Robert Levy and Tyrone Wilson. T
he journeys of these entrepreneurs demonstrate challenges entrepreneurs face, highlighting the importance of overcoming challenges through: motivation, networking, perseverance, offering quality products/services, and employing innovative marketing techniques.
Minott stressed the importance of working hard as well as saving to achieve success in businesses.
The Guest Speaker Mr Damien Williams, a passionate and gifted speaker underscored the need for self motivation. He encouraged each young entrepreneur to find their passion early because a man’s passion is tied to his/her purpose. Williams shared his troubled childhood but more importantly it was his overarching trials that propelled him to tap into his gifts.
Students participated keenly in the training session and learned steps to be adopted to ensure placement in the top ten entries. The team leader in closing reminded the students of the importance of saving and commitment. The students enthusiastically voiced the YIC mantra, ‘We are innovators, we are job creators, we are the best of the best of the region, we are worthy!’
The schools represented at the sensitisation workshop included:
Westwood High School
York Castle High School
St Mary Technical High School
Muschett High School
St Hilda’s Diocesan High School
Cedric Titus High School
Aabuthnott Gallimore High School
Brown’s Town High School
William Knibb Memorial High School
Albert Town High School
Ferncourt High School
Mount Alvernia High School
Steer Town Academy