Thursday 5 December, 2019

Rondell Positive launches Open to Purpose Devotional School Tour

A student of the Charlie Smith High School joins Rondell Positive on stage to share in the fun and adding her flavor to the mix at recent Open to Purpose devotional session at the school.

A student of the Charlie Smith High School joins Rondell Positive on stage to share in the fun and adding her flavor to the mix at recent Open to Purpose devotional session at the school.

Over 18,000 students from 20 schools across Kingston, St Andrew, St Catherine, Portland and St Thomas will benefit from the Open to Purpose School Tour (OTP), launched on by Gospel Minister Rondell Positive and wife Lotoya Allen.

Shortwood Practicing Primary and Junior High; Stony Hill Primary and Junior High; Charlie Smith High and Papine High, are among the first set of schools to share in this transformational experience.

The Tour integrates the powerful forces of Music, Motivation and Mentorship (3Ms) and is geared towards positively impacting and empowering Jamaican youth in ways that will contribute to sustainable nation-building.

Co-founder of the initiative, Rondell Positive commented: “The response has been tremendous! We've been getting numerous messages from schools and media wanting to get involved and informing us of the impact the message is having on them after only four executions.”

Corporate giant, Grace Kennedy extended their hand in support as a major sponsor of the tour.

With this, Senior Brand Manager, Grace Foods and Services, Karen Mussington said, “The tour reinforces our company’s core values and commitment to youth, who we need to nurture and ensure we provide positive role models for sustainable development.”

“We need to affirm our children and enable them to fulfil their purpose, she added.

Students of the Charlie Smith High School in Kingston come together to share the lens with Rondell Positive (centre), Lotoya Allen, (left), Gospel Artiste, Alicia Taylor (3rd left) after an inspiring Open to Purpose experience at the school.

Other sponsors and partners include Catherine’s Peak Water, Always Sanitary Products, Victoria Mutual Foundation and Frito Lay Chips. OTP is designed to target students faced with challenges that affect their behavioural and academic performance, through a cascade of support and on-going mentorship.

The tour uses a behavioural modification model to instil permanent, positive reinforcement, to transform the lives of students deemed to be heading in the wrong direction.

These students will also be branded and groomed as Purpose Ambassadors and are mandated to lead the development of the Purpose Ambassador Clubs across schools. The initiative further creates a ripple effect, engendering positive peer relations, by empowering Purpose Ambassadors to become model students whom their peers can emulate.

“My wife and I have been researching ‘purpose’ for many years; then I was awe-struck after reflecting on the national pledge. At that moment I recognized that every Jamaican needs to be aware of their importance to the whole human race and that we need a mechanism that is designed to rekindle a sense of patriotism across the nation and the diaspora. This desire led us to a social intervention partnership with the Ministry of National Security (MNS) and together we toured Clarendon, St James and Kingston; sharing messages of self-empowerment and nation-building in schools,” Rondell said.

 Rondell Positive and one of the Purpose Ambassadors of the Charlie Smith High School, engaging in a one-on-one session after the devotional experience.

While on tour with the MNS, Rondell and Lotoya were inspired to create a unique model to cultivate purposeful thinking in students throughout the island and saw an opportunity to do so during morning devotions in schools.

Rondell lauded his team for their unwavering enthusiasm and commitment to the OTP vision and says he is also grateful to his fellow gospel artistes for their continued support.

Among the artistes who have pledged their support in the form of direct ministry to students are upcoming gospel sensations Rhoda Isabella, Alicia Taylor, Dunamis Reignz and Wraysoul. He also thanked Leadership and Growth Coach, Catherine Goodall is onboard as the main speaker for the tour.

The tour will culminate on November 14, with the Youth Leaders Entrepreneurship Advancement Programme (YLEAP) at the Jamaica Conference Centre.

A total of 1,000 Purpose Ambassadors from the 20 schools will participate in this one-day workshop.

Guest speakers include International Youth Entrepreneurship Trainers: Dr Dave Burrows from the Bahamas and Jamar Wright. The event will also feature special performances from Rondell Positive, Rhoda Isabella among other gospel ministers, to be announced at a later date.

The Programme Conceptualizers of OTP, Rondell and Lotoya, both have over the past 15 years, been impacting youth through several programs including Student Scholarships, Annual Community Treats and Barbering Initiatives. They boast 27 years of Child Development training as Primary School Teachers, with BSc in Primary Education and B.Ed. in Educational Administration, respectively.

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