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WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE MONTH OF DECEMBER 2011

A READER IS A FUTURE LEADER

CRAFTINESS

CRAFTING YOUR 2012

WE ARE NOT PERFECT THAT’S WHY PENCILS HAVE

erasers! LEADERSHIP LESSONS... TEAMWORK

VOLUNTEERS AND NGOS MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Anya Ayoung CHee On failing forward

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THINK TANK A Reader is a Future Leader

COOL READS FEATURING

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• Dream Big Little Pig • Big Plans • The Giving Tree

Inkheart

Author: Cornelia Funke

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PAGE 8&9 KINDNESS TREE This project should be done before the New Year sets in since the first act of KINDNESS must take place on January 1, 2012. FIRST KINDNESS On January 1, 2012, you have to place your first ACT OF KINDNESS on the tree and you have to continue on the first day of each month thereafter. To make this really fun, for each act of kindness you hang on your tree, your parents have to “pay it forward” in the same month by doing ANY act of kindness you ask of them involving one hour of their time. Note we said their time and not things kids!

2012 is almost here and it will be your best year ever! Even though the only thing we can guarantee you in the New Year is constant change, we thought it would be fun to create different craft projects that you can turn to if you need some “directions” all year long.

Be adventurous and experiment and maybe even

CATCH A RAINBOW

Red, blue and yellow are called the primary colors. Just by mixing these colors, you can get all the colors of the rainbow. - Squeeze a drop of dish soap in the center of the bowl - Record what you see. What do you think happened?

DIRECTIONS - Pour 1 cup of milk into the bowl - Add 3 drops of red food color to one edge of the bowl; 1/3 of the way away, add 3 drops of blue food color, 1/3 of the way away add 3 drops of yellow (don’t mix or jiggle the bowl)

WHAT HAPPENED: The dish soap does not mix with the milk. Instead it floats on top and spreads over the surface. As it spreads, it grabs the food color we dropped into it. Where the colors meet, they combine to form new colors: RED + YELLOW = ORANGE RED + BLUE = PURPLE BLUE + YELLOW = GREEN

WHAT IS A KINDNESS? It is the act of doing something special or just being nice to another human being. SOME EXAMPLES OF ACTS OF KINDNESS - Picking a bunch of flowers and giving it to a person you love or want to say thank you to. - Smile at a kid in your class who is having a hard time making friends - Hug your sibling and tell them something you admire about them - Washing the dishes because you know your mom is really exhausted after a hard day’s work.

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2. You will also need gift tags or plain white tags you can hang on your tree each month as your mandatory kindness ornament. You can decorate these tags as much as you wish but leave enough room for writing please. If you are doing this with cloth or bristol board, cut out squares or shapes of flowers or leaves with a number on each piece. Each number will correspond to a handwritten kindness you will keep below the tree is a “special” box.

Providence Girls Form 1 Future actress/ singer with her own clothes line :)

Chinmaya Vidyalaya Future pilot

We have a list of fun events and cool things to do to beat that boredom!

WHAT YOU NEED 1. Either a dried out actual miniature tree or similar potted in stones or you can cut out of cloth or bristol board your own uniquely designed tree (in any colors that you wish) which you attach to you bedroom wall. Make sure it is properly labeled KINDNESS TREE or similar.

Cheyenne Patrick

Viraj Ramsundar

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YOUR 2012

RANDON ACTS OF

WHAT YOU NEED 1. red, blue and yellow food color 2. 1 cup milk 3. dish soap 4. shallow bowl

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See It And It Is Yours Already!

What W hat is a vision i i board?

A vision board is somethi ng you create to remind yourself personal goals. Whether of your own, you wish to get better grades in school, friends or land a summer make new job, your vision board represen ts a collection of your greatest dreams and desires. Once you’ve made your vision board, you’ll be able to look at it a reminder of the things and use it as you want to achieve most.

1. How to make a vision board

Think of this as a fun craft project – you can create your vision board by gluing images and words, cut from magazines or photographs, or drawn/written by hand, to a large piece of poster board. To make your vision board, you’ll need a stack of old magazines (that you can cut up), old photographs, pens and markers, scissors, glue and a large piece of poster board that you hang on your wall or you can even make a placemat and laminate it. The important thing is that you see it every single day.

2. How to set goals

Before you start cutting and pasting, identify your goals, dreams and wishes by writing them down on a piece of paper.

VISION BOARD Goals and dreams are not much different as you see but you may want to list the short terms ones in your goals and the long term ones in your dreams.

3. Creating your vision board

After you’ve made a list of your goals and dreams, start flipping through the magazines and photographs, cutting out images and words that relate to your goals and dreams. For the above lists, you may find and choose the following images and words: If you can’t find pictures or words relating to your goals and dreams, don’t worry! You can draw your own pictures and write your own words of inspiration on your vision board. Once you’ve collected all the images and words you want to use, glue them onto the poster board however you like. Use pens and markers to draw and write extra images and words that will help inspire you to achieve your goals! Remember: There are no limits when it comes to your own, personal goals and dreams. With patience, hard work and dedication, any dream is doable, and any wish is achievable!

Ricardo Sammy

Aranguez GOV’T Future ‘Game Tester”

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CRAFTING YOUR 2012 Have fun making • Rainbows

• Kindness Tree

• Vision Board

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LEADERSHIP LESSONS

ROBIN’S TOP 20

Can you believe it? Yes, we are already on Issue Three. Last month’s issue was a raving success with youths, adults and companies. The Guardian Media team has totally rocked in that they have truly captured our vision in Issue One and Two. Because of their commitment to this project , we are definitely on our way to develop internally Issue Three and we have to thank Gabriel, Tracy, Neil, Aedel, Denise and Lisa, the ROCKSTARS from the SPU unit. Ministry of Education, we hope you are paying attention since every youth in every single primary school deserves the right to have access to our publication and only you can make this happen.......they are waiting! This month our leadership quote is about the mistakes we all make in life and how to use them as stepping stones.

The fact is, we are all imperfect in every single way and each misstep brings us closer to the perfect step. We have to teach our children that it is okay to say out loud our negatives qualities, mistakes and failures and not be judged on them. In fact our friend Robin Sharma preaches that the one who fails the most wins! We end on this note, do not forget to Lead Up every single day of your life. Make the effort and be kind to every single person you meet since everyone is fighting a battle. Stand out, reach further, dream bigger and remember always you mostly gain experience through mistakes. Lead Up! Senior Editorial Committee

Lead Up Senior Editorial Committee Sallyann Della Casa Nigel Wall Toanya Rahim Melissa Patterson Ria Ramsundar Special Contributors Robin Sharma Vivian Wall Printing Guardian SPU Unit of Guardian Media Design and Layout Aisha Provoteaux... for Lead Up

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THINK TANK

Students at Aranguez Government

A Reader is a Future Leader VIVIAN WALL School: Holy Name Convent

We are so happy to bring you a father/daughter team this month. Meet Vivian Wall, a Form One Student at Holy Name Convent in Port of Spain. Vivian recently completed her first dualathon with her dad Nigel, who happens to also be a leadership teacher and an awesome writer. Vivian’s dad first book is called ASK LEADERSHIP. The excerpt, on the left below, is from a book he is working on for youths and Vivian’s book review this month is on” Inkheart” Growing Leaders at Guiseppe Preparatory

Chaguanas Government youth getting ready for the holiday season

St Pius youth leading up

SNEAK PEAK OF NIGEL WALL’S NEW BOOK

Dream Large Picture this: it’s a rainy afternoon and maybe you are wondering what to do. It’s quiet in the house and you’ve been thinking about what the future has in store for you. There’s an unease creeping over you. ‘Maybe I should be planning my future and choosing my future; not letting it happen around me.’ That is exactly what was going through the mind of 15 year old John Goddard as he looked out of the bedroom window at the rain swept street over 71 years ago. What John did next gave him all the answers to his questions. It was such a blindingly simple exercise and cost no money, but gave him everything he needed to start an amazing journey! John’s success recipe goes like this: • Take one lined pad of paper • Add one pencil • Close the bedroom door and shut off the radio • Stare out of the window • Write down a list of everything you want

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to do in the rest of your life Don’t hold back Write down even bigger and bigger dreams When you have filled a page, start another, and another When you run out of ideas or paper pick two or three to start now

John’s list, entitled ‘My Life List’, was 127 dreams and goals. At the ripe old age of 86 he is still working on his list and has achieved 109 of his dreams. Some were easy; hold breath for 2.5 minutes, run a 5 minute mile. Some a little tougher; visit every country in the world(he’s been to over 120), climb the highest mountains (he’s climbed 12). Also he is a deep sea diver, master pilot, explorer and skier. He has published books, is fluent in English, Spanish, Arabic, has read all of Shakespeare. The list goes on. If you want to dream and dream large like John, then go find a notepad and pen and start writing...

Inkheart

Author: Cornelia Funke Description: Meggie is now twelve years old and lives with her father. Just when everything seems normal, she then discovers her father’s big secret which reveals something that even she didn’t know about herself. This secret was one that was kept for nine years but things have changed and the mystery can put both Meggie and her father in grave danger. Main characters: Mo, Meggie, Basta Favourite Character: Basta Why? Basta is my favourite character because he seems all tough and fearless but he really isn’t and has many odd weaknesses. Why should you read it? You should read Inkheart because it isn’t one of those books where you read one page and you get the picture. It really gets you interested and soon you will be hooked and turning page after page. It’s full of excitement from start to end. Review by: Vivian Lee Wall


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BOOKS THAT WILL FORCE YOU TO THINK AND TO GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE !

2012 is a year in which you need to always keep a calm state of mind, dream bigger, try new things and be fearless so here’s some cool books for all ages (even adults) to help you do this. Big Plans by Bob Shea With bravado and charisma, one young boy’s got big plans for all of us and he’s figured out a way to let the rest of us know just that. From climbing a mountain to commanding the board room, saving the big game to getting named mayor, finding a quarter (and a Stinky Lucky Hat!) to getting to be president and then go to the moon, it’s all part of his plan. Our boy never lets us know exactly what his big plans are, but it doesn’t matter.

Nobody’s Perfect: A Story for Children about Perfectionism by Ellen Flanagan Burns

CLASSIC BOOK EVERYONE SHOULD READ IN 2012 The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein The Giving Tree, first published in 1964 by Harper and Row, is a children’s book written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein. This book has become one of Silverstein’s best known titles and has been translated into more than 30 languages. The Giving Tree is a tale about a relationship between a young boy and a tree. The tree always provides the boy with what he wants: branches on which to swing, shade in which to sit and apples to eat. As the boy grows older, he requires more and more of the tree. The tree loves the boy very much and gives him anything he asks for. In an ultimate act of self-sacrifice, the tree lets the boy cut it down so the boy can build a boat in which he can sail. The boy leaves the tree, now a stump. Many years later, the boy, now an old man, returns, and the tree sadly says: “I’m sorry, boy... but I have nothing left to give you.” But the boy replies: “I do not need much now, just a quiet place to sit and rest.” The tree then says, “Well, an old tree stump is a good place for sitting and resting. Come, boy, sit down and rest.” The boy obliges and the tree was very happy.

Though written for young people ages 8-12 (grades 3-6), Nobody’s Perfect: A Story for Children About Perfectionism is more than a storybook; it directly addresses a very common psychological problem among both kids and adults - the compulsion to be perfect. Young Sally Sanders feels like a failure if she can’t be the best; as a result she procrastinates, avoids new experiences, and relentlessly compares herself to other. Her teachers and mother try to help her overcome her inferiority complex, and she gradually learns the fun of relaxing and trying out new things without worrying so much about being the best.

Dream Big, Little Pig by Kristy Yamaguchi

It is a story of determination as well as one that shows kids to achieve their dreams even when they are discouraged.

‘ADULTS, HERE ARE SOME BOOKS THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR THINKING FOREVER • • • • •

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki The Monk who Sold His Red Ferrari by Robin Sharma

Turn in your thoughtful book journal in the format below to us and we will give you a Think Tank membership card which will give you 10% off all books at RIK bookstores.

My Reading Journal Book Title: Author: When did you read book: My thoughts on book (25 words or less):

Would I recommend book: How many butterflies do you give this book (max is 5):

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ROBIN’S TOP 10 LIST FOR

MAKING 2012 A GREAT YEAR

Youths, your goal for 2012 should simply be to make it your best year yet. Here is my Top 20 list to help you get there . I promise you if you complete half the list you will have a good year but if you commit to completing 100% of the list, 2012 will be your best year ever!

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Stun everyone and be consistent no matter what.

Dream up a life or adventure for yourself weekly and write it down or draw it in your journal

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Become the most polite person you know.

Drink two more glasses/ bottles of water a day.

8. 7. Just forget your critics and move on.

Honor those who truly love you with more hugs and loving words.

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Genuinely smile daily at someone for no reason.

Find opportunities to be an everyday hero. Practice random acts of kindness on complete strangers.

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Cultural Explosion-Itsy Bitsy Folk Theatre 2 - 4 Robert Trace, Mt. Pleasant. Contact: Annette Alfred - 639-9006 or 681-8865 Golden Members Scrabble Club Arima Public Library, Tuesdays at 9am, 667-3370

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BOXING DAY!! Tobago Flying Colours Kite Flying Festival Plymouth Recreational Grounds. Contact: Valerie CrittenStewart - 639.5428 YMCA’s Recreational Swim Times: 12noon - 12:45pm

Cultural Explosion-Itsy Bitsy Folk Theatre 2 - 4 Robert Trace, Mt. Pleasant. Contact: Annette Alfred - 639-9006 or 681-8865 Golden Members Scrabble Club Arima Public Library, Tuesdays at 9am, 667-3370

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YMCA Christmas Party, 625-9622

Assembly Day Celebration Shaw Park Complex, 639-6897 St James Secondary 50th Anniversary Variety Concert Venue: TBA; 7pm

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CHRISTMAS DAY!!!

Colette Burnett’s Funky Fresh Orange French Toast INGREDIENTS 1 loaf French bread 3 eggs Dash of salt 1 orange 1 cup milk Cinnamon 2 dashes Angostura Bitters 1/2 cup powdered sugar

DIRECTIONS 1. The night before you want to serve the French toast, slice bread into thick (1-1/2”) slices and leave it out overnight. 2. Crack eggs in mixing bowl and a add dash of salt. Whisk with fork until mixed. 3. Zest the orange, then juice (or use 1/2 cup orange juice and orange slices for garnish). 4. Mix eggs, zest, juice from orange, milk and bitters mixed together in a mixing bowl. 5. Soak bread liberally on both sides in egg mixture. Cook in a frying pan over medium heat until golden brown for about 10 minutes, then sprinkle with cinnamon. 6. Before serving, dust top and edges lightly, with powdered sugar.

Serving Pairings. Serve with favorite fruit jam or syrup, with fresh fruit for a delicious breakfast. For a complete breakfast, pair with a couple of eggs on the side, bacon, ham slices, or a hot cup of cocoa. Easy, Delicious and OH SO GOOD!


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RANDOM ACTS OF

KINDNESS

This project should be done before the Ne the first act of KINDNESS must take place FIRST KINDNESS On January 1, 2012, you have to place your first ACT OF KINDNESS on the tree and you have to continue on the first day of each month thereafter. To make this really fun, for each act of kindness you hang on your tree, your parents have to “pay it forward” in the same month by doing ANY act of kindness you ask of them involving one hour of their time. Note we said their time and not things kids!

2012 is almost here and it will be your best year ever! Even though the only thing we can guarantee you in the New Year is constant change, we thought it would be fun to create different craft projects that you can turn to if you need some “directions” all year long.

Be adventurous and experiment and maybe even

Catch A Rainbow

Red, blue and yellow are called the primary colors. Just by mixing these colors, you can get all the colors of the rainbow. - Squeeze a drop of dish soap in the center of the bowl - Record what you see. What do you think happened?

WHAT YOU NEED 1. red, blue and yellow food color 2. 1 cup milk 3. dish soap 4. shallow bowl Directions - Pour 1 cup of milk into the bowl - Add 3 drops of red food color to one edge of the bowl; 1/3 of the way away, add 3 drops of blue food color, 1/3 of the way away add 3 drops of yellow (don’t mix or jiggle the bowl)

What Happened: The dish soap does not mix with the milk. Instead it floats on top and spreads over the surface. As it spreads, it grabs the food color we dropped into it. Where the colors meet, they combine to form new colors: RED + YELLOW = ORANGE RED + BLUE = PURPLE BLUE + YELLOW = GREEN

WHAT IS A KINDNESS? It is the act of doing something special or just being nice to another human being. SOME EXAMPLES OF ACTS OF KINDNESS - Picking a bunch of flowers and giving it to a person you love or want to say thank you to. - Smile at a kid in your class who is having a hard time making friends - Hug your sibling and tell them something you admire about them - Washing the dishes because you know your mom is really exhausted after a hard day’s work.

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YOUR 2012

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ew Year sets in since e on January 1, 2012. WHAT YOU NEED 1. Either a dried out actual miniature tree or similar potted in stones or you can cut out of cloth or bristol board your own uniquely designed tree (in any colors that you wish) which you attach to you bedroom wall. Make sure it is properly labeled KINDNESS TREE or similar.

2. You will also need gift tags or plain white tags you can hang on your tree each month as your mandatory kindness ornament. You can decorate these tags as much as you wish but leave enough room for writing please. If you are doing this with cloth or bristol board, cut out squares or shapes of flowers or leaves with a number on each piece. Each number will correspond to a handwritten kindness you will keep below the tree is a “special” box.

Cheyenne Patrick

Providence Girls Form 1 Future actress/ singer with her own clothing line :)

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ard? A vision board is so mething you create to remind yo urself of your own, personal goals. Whe ther you wish to get better grades in school, make new friends or land a su mmer job, your vision board repres ents a collection of your greatest drea ms and desires. Once you’ve made your vision board, you’ll be able to look at it and use it as a reminder of the th ings you want to achieve most.

1. How to make a vision board

Think of this as a fun craft project – you can create your vision board by gluing images and words, cut from magazines or photographs, or drawn/written by hand, to a large piece of poster board. To make your vision board, you’ll need a stack of old magazines (that you can cut up), old photographs, pens and markers, scissors, glue and a large piece of poster board that you hang on your wall or you can even make a placemat and laminate it. The important thing is that you see it every single day.

2. How to set goals

Before you start cutting and pasting, identify your goals, dreams and wishes by writing them down on a piece of paper.

Vision Board Goals and dreams are not much different as you see but you may want to list the short terms ones in your goals and the long term ones in your dreams.

3. Creating your vision board

After you’ve made a list of your goals and dreams, start flipping through the magazines and photographs, cutting out images and words that relate to your goals and dreams. For the above lists, you may find and choose the following images and words: If you can’t find pictures or words relating to your goals and dreams, don’t worry! You can draw your own pictures and write your own words of inspiration on your vision board. Once you’ve collected all the images and words you want to use, glue them onto the poster board however you like. Use pens and markers to draw and write extra images and words that will help inspire you to achieve your goals! Remember: There are no limits when it comes to your own, personal goals and dreams. With patience, hard work and dedication, any dream is doable, and any wish is achievable!

Ricardo Sammy

Aranguez GOV’T Future ‘Game Tester”

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LEADERSHIP LESSONS

TEAMWORK We all claim to understand the importance of being a team player, yet so many of us conveniently forget the rules of being a great team player. These leadership lessons should help you remember. This can be done with your own family. Divide up your siblings and parents into two teams.

Activity One FELICITY PRESBYTERIAN YOUTH working through their GLF teamwork session

Manchester United the most value sport team in the world

Each team has 2 minutes to go around the world naming 5 countries. You CANNOT look at a map. Each team designates one person to let us know their travel itinerary. They must end back up on the same continent they started off on. Each team has one designated speaker and all team members must contribute.

Activity TWO

The team of Extraordinary volunteers of Tacarigua Pres

1. Give each team the following: a piece of chewing gum, a piece of paper, 10 paperclips, a piece of string, and five pieces of tape ( you may need a ruler and scissors or get pre-cut tape which is of equal length) , equal sizes to all groups.

Raghunanan Gov’t youth working together

Preysal Teachers enjoying a teamwork session hosted by GLF

The incredible Cirque de Soleil team

2. Each team has 5 minutes to create the longest object with the objects. Each team will have to come up with creative ways to make their object longest and can only use what you gave them. Measure each objects length on the board and whoever has the longest object wins. Discuss what was easy and what was hard about creating their object as a team. How did the team communicate?

TOP TEN LIST OF BEST QUALITIES OF A TEAM LEADER 1 Welcomes feedback 2 Delivers on commitments 3 Knows, accept and compliment weak

qualities 4 Excellent communication skills 5 Trustworthy 6 Objective 7 Decision maker 8 Great vision 9 Passionate 10 Enchant and inspire team members

What would they have done differently? What went wrong and what went right in the team?

Are you a bad TEAM LEADER? The answer is yes if you constantly: • Blame others • Delegate badly • Encourage a negative work environment • Procrastinate Well, IT IS TIME TO CHANGE NOW!

FUNNY TEAM WORK JOKE The loaded mini-van pulled in to the only remaining campsite. Four children leaped from the vehicle and began feverishly unloading gear and setting up the tent. The boys rushed to gather firewood, while the girls and their mother set up the camp stove and cooking utensils. A nearby camper marveled to the youngsters’ father, “That, sir, is some display of teamwork.” The father replied, “I have a system. No one goes to the bathroom until the camp is set up ;-)


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VOLUNTEERS AND ORGANIZATIONS

MAKING A DIFFERENCE! WHERE PEACE LIVES PROJECT Random Acts of Good Deeds, the Growing Leaders Foundation and Kids In Need of Direction (KIND) are about to take on an incredible mural project with incarcerated and regular youth through www.wherepeacelives.org. The project is not only intended to start a peace dialogue between all local youths regardless of your color, creed, race or situation, but also remove the stigma associated with incarcerated youth. Both organizations hope this project will serve as a catalyst to for similar projects globally.

PEACE MURAL OF A NEW JERSEY HIGH SCHOOL

FEEDBACK FROM YOUTH GLOBALLY AFTER WORKING ON THEIR PEACE MURALS Painting the mural showed all of us how peace is achieved. Even though we didn’t always agree, we learned to compromise and in turn, we created peace between each other. “ — Alexa Squillaro

The Heroes Foundation established since 2002, nurtures the next generation of Heroes through mentorship activities. The Foundation’s goal is to improve youth’s self beliefs by exposing them to achievements and achievers and by empowering them to make a positive difference in someone else’s life. You can contact the Heroes Foundation at 6229255 and at info@ theheroesfoundation. com.

COOL FACEBOOK VOLUNTEER SITES Let’s volunteer TnT

“Working on this mural taught all of us that people with different ideas can come together and move toward peace.“ — Samantha Jasanovsky

LEADERS VOLUNTEERING THEIR TIME TEACHING YOUTHS

The Volunteer Network

Helping Hands (Trinidad and Tobago) Diane Henderson Head of HR Angostura

Cindy Nandlal Engineer at Methanex

BobbiE Douglas Lawyer with Trinidad and Tobago Security Exchange Commission

Myles Lewis Corporate Social Investment Analyst REPSOL

Sallyann Della Casa Growing Leaders Foundation and Lead Up Founder


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HOW DO I BECOME AN

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magine getting paid to invent new products and things that will change the world. Inventors are problem solvers. They always what to figure out how things work and make them better or simply invent a new way for to do something. Inventors have to be very creative and come up with new ideas. They then have to tinker with their ideas to make them a reality so lots of patience is needed. Also they have to have a tolerance for failure since 9 out of 10 inventions never work. But , one can become a millionaire with that one invention that does work. Take for example Thomas Edison who invented the light bulb. It took him approximately 10,000 experiments to invent the perfect set-up for the electric light bulb. There was a lot of learning to go through. Nobody had done it before. He couldn’t read a book about it. He simply had to plug away, failing and learning, until he worked out the right way to do it.

Did you ever wonder how some of your favorite foods, products or toys came about? Believe it or not, they may have been an accident, coincidence or failed version of some other intention. Below, we found some mistakes we’re thankful turned out to be what they are.

COCA COLA In May of 1886, a prohibition law prompted John Pemberton, an Atlantabased pharmacist, to rewrite the formula for “Pemberton’s French Wine Coca,” his popular nerve tonic, stimulant and headache remedy. Containing sugar instead of wine as a sweetener, the outcome became the syrup base for Coke, which was later mixed with carbonated water. Pemberton’s bookkeeper suggested the name COCACOLA because he thought the two C’s would look good together, and scripted its very first logo in his unique handwriting.

FIREWORKS Most historians speculate that the Chinese invented fireworks in the 9th century when they discovered how to make gunpowder. Legend has it that a Chinese chef accidentally mixed together what were then considered common kitchen items—potassium nitrate or saltpeter (a salt substitute), sulfur (a flammable solid) and charcoal (from charred wood)—and noticed they ignited. When compressed in a bamboo tube and lit, it blew up. Another legend credits Taoist monks with a similar discovery 1,000 years ago.

POST-ITS In 1968, Spencer Silver, a researcher for 3M, accidentally created a glue formula that was weaker than normal. Six years later, irritated by repeatedly losing the bookmark in his church choir hymnal book, Arthur Fry, his 3M colleague, applied some of the low-strength, non-damaging adhesive to his pagesavers—it proved to be the perfect solution. Fry sold his supervisor on the idea, and trial marketing began in 1977.

POTATO CHIPS In 1853, chef George Crum at the Moon Lake House in Saratoga Springs, New York, attempted to satisfy a customer’s demand for crispier fried potatoes. Going to the extreme, Crum sliced the potatoes paper-thin, baked and then fried them to a hardened crisp. Following the happy accident, “Saratoga Chips” became a regular item on the menu, and in 1860, Crum opened his own restaurant, at which POTATO CHIPS was placed in a basket on every table.

ANYA AYOUNG CHEE Failing forward while walking tall with dignity, Winner of Project Runway Season 9 and a St. Joseph Convent graduate.

It is a fact, Anya won Project runway because she didn’t waste time trying to manipulate, sabotage, analyze or denigrate her competitors. She also was fearless about her weaknesses and revealed in the very first episode that she had only been sewing for four months. The judges (and viewers) were astounded and curious. But what really set ANYA apart was her addressing the elephant in the room on her own terms. She talked about her past mistakes and failures while she was Miss Trinidad and Tobago. She quite frankly took the lemons of her past and make us all delicious raspberry juice and left us all wanting more. She continues to use her story to ENCOURAGE US ALL that failures are events and never a person. More than winning project runway, she is shining bright as a woman who found her courage in her darkest hour and got up and started dancing to the tune of her own unique song. ANYA, we salute you! In a recent interview for livejournal.com, here is what she wanted youths to know: JB: To all the Caribbean youths looking up to you and dreaming to be a designer, or just wanting to pursue a dream, despite the odds; what piece of advice would you give them? Anya: One thing I always say, risk being yourself fully. There is something very simple about that yet very challenging.


Issue 3

WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES

EVEN FAMOUS PEOPLE MAKE MISTAKES

Oprah’s “Crash Moments”

AND HERE ARE JUST A FEW!

During the summer of 2005, Oprah experienced her “Crash moment”; at least, that’s the racially-charged description offered up by a spokeswoman at Oprah’s company. The diva had been denied entrance to the Hermes shop in Paris, leading to news reports, a complaint from Winfrey to the President of the company, a description of the incident on her show, and eventually an apology from a high-level Hermes executive on television. After the apology, Oprah generously went to the trouble of telling boycotting fans to go ahead and “wear the bag” if they wanted to. All of this might have been quite reasonable but for one little detail: Oprah arrived at the store 15 minutes after closing time and without prior arrangements. No worries, though—she assured us that she wasn’t “playing the celebrity card”.

10 Big Mistakes Parents Make 1 Becoming a human

ATM 2 Inadequate discipline 3 Failing to get involved at school 4 Praising mediocrity 5 Not giving kids enough responsibility 6 Missing opportunity to develop savings habits 7 Setting unreal expectations 8 Not teaching kids to fend for themselves 9 Not explaining to kids how credit cards work 10 Not following through

Common Mistakes of Teachers 1 Our faces fail to light up and

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smile when we greet student each day... even though we know it may the only kindness some of them may see all day. Taking poor student behavior personally... even though we know letting emotions get involved in classroom management will cloud your judgment. Yelling at students... when we know it communicates to your students that you only mean what you say when you raise your voice. Not preparing and connecting to your students... when you know every single class dynamic is different and you have to ensure you deliver the material to be covered in a manner that it sticks with your class and not as written on the piece of paper in front of you. Talking too much... when you know your job is to facilitate your students to be curious. Constant explanation results in a boring, teacher-centered classroom where their eyes will glaze over.

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Celebrity Endorsements for All In December of 2004, Winfrey plugged “Airborne”, an alleged cold-prevention product “invented by a school teacher”. The schoolteacher, Victoria Knight McDowell, was a guest on Oprah’s television show and Oprah referred to the product as “amazing”. Immediately, demand skyrocketed, and retailers reported shortages of the product for several weeks. Last year, the company that makes Airborne agreed to pay more than $23 million in a class action settlement based on false representations about the product. GNG Pharmaceutical Services had provided the only purported clinical study with results supporting the efficacy of Airborne. Unfortunately, the two-man company was lacking a few necessary components for a valid clinical trial—like doctors and scientists.

Mistakes we make with our pets Mistake 1: Buying a Pet Spontaneously Why this is a mistake: That doggie in the window may be darling, but he might not be the right fit for your family or lifestyle. Mistake 2: Skipping Obedience Training Why this is a mistake: Bad habits can be difficult to train out of a pet. So unless you have the know-how to school an animal, you need the help of a pro.

Mistake 4: Dispensing Too Many Free Treats Why this is a mistake: Treats lose their training value if your pet gets them for no reason.

Mistake 3: Being Inconsistent With the Rules Why this is a mistake: If one child lets Fifi on the bed and another punishes her for it, the animal will be confused. Bad behavior is inevitable.

Mistake 5: Neglecting to Socialize Your Pet Why this is a mistake: Pets that aren’t exposed to a variety of animals and people at a very young age can develop fears and aggressive behavior.

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