Students warned: Beware of "minefield of sex and drugs"
Youth Advocate, Corey Lane (left) and Principal of the Wilkie Cumberbatch School, Jennifer Phillips (right).
Class Four students of the Wilkie Cumberbatch Primary School received a sobering message from Director of the Nature Fun Ranch and youth advocate, Corey Lane during the school's graduation ceremony on Tuesday.
Lane, who is also a radio program moderator congratulated the graduands for overcoming the hurdle of the Barbados Secondary School Examination (BSSEE) but cautioned them to be mindful of the hurdles of their new journey into secondary school.
He told the students to be wary of the "minefield of sex, drugs and other distractions" which will pop up to deter them from their goals. Lane also urged students to persevere as they maneuver other "bumps in the road".
Lane told students to continue to "dream and dream big" but also be sure to set timelines so as to transform their goals in solid plans.
"From working in the prison system and … throughout this society, one of the greatest blunders I have found is the lack of the dream. When I watch at-risk young people, one of the things common among them is they do not know where we are going."
He shared with students his experience of starting the Nature Fun Ranch at just 16-years-old, where he was met with failure and failure, the most severe of which was having most of the 16 horses he owned either killed or stolen.
Despite this, Lane said, he persevered to achieve his goals of a successful ranch.
He also shared some advice with parents, telling them not to "interfere with the dreaming" of their young ones but rather continue to encourage them in whatever they pursue.