The value of mentoring is unrivaled

Being a caring mentor to a child could be the difference to that child's future achievements.

Being a caring mentor to a child could be the difference to that child’s future achievements.

By Carmen Glover

For the entire month of January, the act of mentoring is celebrated under the umbrella of National Mentoring Month. Also, on January 21, mentees were encouraged to thank their mentors for Thank Your Mentor Day.

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One of the strongest indicators of career success for many professionals is the involvement of caring mentors. When a child shows interest in a particular career path pairing that child with a mentor often sets the stage for that child to explore, at an early age, whether or not that career path will be viable.

When a teenager begins to consider career paths and is exposed to individuals who are doing well in that desired career path, as well as being paired with a mentor, it cements confidence. As that teenager enters college, trade school or other forms of educational endeavors, the comfort that the adolescent will benefit from a professional who can provide honest feedback, guidance, resources and introductions to others who are excelling in the career field of choice, provides dividends that are priceless. When a worker is paired with a mentor regardless of that worker’s age or stage on the career continuum, that act paves the way for the worker to navigate steps and climb the career ladder with greater dexterity and speed than before.mentoring1

I have benefitted from mentors throughout my professional career and for that I am immensely grateful. Not only do I consider my most enduring mentor to be caring, effective and helpful, I consider him to be a lifelong friend. Similarly, I have been a mentor to several younger professionals both in the field of media and education. The experience has been rewarding, especially when I see the mentee excelling in a chosen career.

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If you have never mentored a younger professional, consider doing so this year. Conversely, if you have never had a mentor, I suggest you diligently seek one without delay. The relationship between mentor and mentee is usually fulfilling and satisfying both professionally. Try it for yourself and share your experiences with us.–OnPointPress.net–

Jamaican foundation gifted by D.C. group

Senator the Hon. Arnold J. Nicholson, QC (centre), Minister of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade, and His Excellency Ralph Thomas (left), Ambassador to the United States of America and Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the Organisation of American States (OAS) present a cheque for US$4000 to Christine Staple Ebanks (right), Founder and President of the Nathan Ebanks Foundation, yesterday (Thursday, January 21) at the Ministry’s Headquarters in New Kingston. The Foundation was selected as a beneficiary of the OAS Organisation of Women of the Americas’ (OWA) Annual Food Festival of the Americas’ fundraising event, held in May 2015 in Washington D.C.

L-R: His Excellency Ralph Thomas, Jamaica’s ambassador tot he USA and permanent representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), Senator the Hon. Arnold J. Nicholson, QC,  minister of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade, present a check for US$4000 to Christine Staple Ebanks, founder and President of the Nathan Ebanks Foundation on Thursday, January 21, at the Ministry’s headquarters in New Kingston.

January 23, 2016, Kingston, JA: Representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade handed over a check for US$4000 to Christine Staple Ebanks for her Nathan Ebanks Foundation on Thursday, January 21 at the ministry’s headquarters in New Kingston.

On hand for the presentation were Senator the Hon. Arnold J. Nicholson, QC, minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and His Excellency Ralph Thomas, Jamaican ambassador to the United States of America and permanent representative to the Organization of American States (OAS). The check represents part proceeds from the OAS Organisation of Women of the Americas’ (OWA) Annual Food Festival of the Americas’ fundraising event, which was held in May 2015 at the OAS headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Christine Staple Ebanks (right), Founder and President of the Nathan Ebanks Foundation, presents a copy of her book “Raising Nathan” to Senator the Hon. Arnold J. Nicholson, QC (centre), Minister of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade, while His Excellency Ralph Thomas (left), Ambassador to the United States of America and Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the Organisation of American States (OAS) looks on, yesterday (Thursday, January 21) at the Ministry’s Headquarters in New Kingston. The Nathan Ebanks Foundation received a cheque for US$4000 after being selected as a beneficiary of the OAS Organisation of Women of the Americas’ (OWA) Annual Food Festival of the Americas’ fundraising event, held in May 2015 in Washington D.C.

Christine Staple Ebanks , founder and president of the Nathan Ebanks Foundation, presents a copy of her book “Raising Nathan” to Senator the Hon. Arnold J. Nicholson, QC (center), minister of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade, while His Excellency Ralph Thomas (left), ambassador to the USA and permanent representative of Jamaica to the Organization of American States (OAS) looks on.

The Nathan Ebanks Foundation, which was recommended by the Permanent Mission of Jamaica to the OAS, was selected by OWA as one of 3 beneficiaries chosen in 2015 to receive a donation to assist in its mission of capacity building of parents, teachers and other caregivers of children with physical and mental disabilities

Minister Nicholson thanked the foundation for “playing its part in raising the public awareness level of children with disabilities.” At the same time, Ambassador Thomas in congratulating the Foundation for being selected noted that he looked “forward to the report of the positive impact that the project, funded by this donation, will bring to these special needs children.”

The Nathan Ebanks Foundation was co-founded in 2007 by Christine Staple Ebanks and her husband, Robert, whose son Nathan, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at nine-months old.  The foundation’s mandate is to ensure that all children, particularly children with disabilities and special needs, are included, empowered and supported in their efforts to access and participate in holistic development, on the journey to realizing their full potential.–OnPointPress-net—

Take time to solidify your brand

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By Carmen Glover

What is your brand? What is your identity? What skills do you possess? What skills do you have to offer to potential clients? Who are you? What is your life’s purpose? What is your passion? What drives you? What goals will you tackle with enthusiasm this year?

Before you can provide excellent service to a potential client, it is important for you to be able to offer compelling answers to those questions. After all, how can you begin to define, establish and solidify a brand or strategy for others if you have not developed one for yourself?

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Take the time this week to assess yourself and examine those questions. As you slowly arrive at the answers you will find it easier to carve out your personal niche. which is fundamental to your ability to branch out and help others develop their own brand and identities.

Don’t delay, research and develop your brand and identity today. Once you have done that, move forward with purpose, urgency and determination. Yes, the year is young, but there is a lot of work to be done and time is of the essence. Share your progress with us so that we can continue to cheer you on..–OnPointPress.net–

 

Embrace new opportunities, goals, methods in 2016

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By Carmen Glover

As 2016 gets into full swing, undoubtedly you find yourself pondering a new direction in several areas of your life–job, career, relationships, education, diet, weight and other unfulfilled goals such as travel and entrepreneurship.

For many people, a new year offers the opportunity to shed circumstances, people and methodologies that no longer suit them. For others, it provides the impetus to act on decisions that were made the previous year but which they lacked the courage and discipline to put into place.

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Regardless of what category you find yourself, take the time to harness the range of opportunities that a brand new year offers. Let 2016 be the year that you brush off long dormant dreams, unfinished projects and un-expressed goals.

Let 2016 be the year that you live up to your life’s purpose and achieve your goals in an unmatched way. But don’t forget to seek guidance from your source of faith while relying firmly on your supportive network. Keep us abreast of your progress!–OnPointPress.net

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Congrats Bronx DA Darcel Clark

Dacel Clark is sworn in as new Bronx District Attorney at Lehman College on Saturday, January 16. A beaming Mayor Bill de Blasio looks on.

Dacel Clark is sworn in as new Bronx District Attorney at Lehman College on Saturday, January 16. A beaming Mayor Bill de Blasio looks on.

The OnPointPress.net family extends Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day greetings to all of our readers and supporters.

One individual that we would like to honor in particular is Darcel Clark, who was sworn in as the new Bronx district attorney on Saturday, January 16, at Lehman College. Clark replaces Robert Johnson, now a judge, who served as the Bronx district attorney for 27 years. Johnson is also African-American.

Clark grew up in the Bronx and was judge for 16 years. She is the first black female to serve as district attorney not only in the Bronx but in the entire New York State. Her swearing-in ceremony was attended by a broad spectrum of dignitaries in New York including Mayor Bill de Blasio, NY Speaker Carl Heastie and State Senator Chuck Schumer.mlk quote

Clark’s achievement is a reflection of Dr. King’s dream being realized in part, and for that OnPointPress.net is pleased. Happy MLK Day everyone and congratulations DA Clark on your well-earned new role.–OnPointPress.net–

 

Did your New Year start with bad news? Resilience is key to survive

Carmen Glover, Founder/Editorial Director of OnPointPress.net

Carmen Glover, Founder/Editorial Director of OnPointPress.net

By Carmen Glover

I received devastating, heart-breaking, personal news a few days after the New Year started and I’m still in shock as I grapple with how this new development will change the trajectory of my life.

But having experienced many difficult periods in my life, I am sure of one thing: Resilience is key to my survival as I cope with these new circumstances and regain full control of my life.

Carmen Glover, Founder/Editorial Director, OnPointPress.net

Carmen Glover, Founder/Editorial Director, OnPointPress.net

At the same time, I realize that I’m not alone. Many people across the globe are doing their best to cope with unexpected, painful news that will take a long time to absorb. My way of coping is to pray and ask for God’s guidance and strength in learning the lesson that is inherent in this new circumstance.

Blue Lagoon, Port Antonio, Jamaica. Conjuring up positive imagery helps to ease the pain of bad news.

Blue Lagoon, Port Antonio, Jamaica. Conjuring up positive imagery helps to ease the pain of bad news.

If you are grappling with a new reality that comes in the form of unfortunate news I suggest that you examine your emotions honestly and seek guidance from your source of comfort. Don’t lie to yourself, don’t lie to others. Instead, examine your raw emotions and take whatever time you need to heal while being aware that eventually, you will see the lesson and come through the experience with a new appreciation for the ability to be resilient.–OnPointPress.net–