Diamonds In The Rough Mentoring Program

Diamonds In The Rough Mentoring Program Diamonds in the Rough is a Mentoring support program designed to assist 5th form students navigate the very stressful journey of graduation from high school.

1. To provide the use of caring mentor relationships, self-esteem tools, and activities that would have a significant impact on student self-esteem and their functioning in a school setting and beyond. 2. To assess self-esteem AND Social skills levels of the 5th Form students of Washington Archibald High School (WAHS) and to use this information to establish a positive correlation between self-esteem, social skills and school performance. 3. To create a caring Mentor relationship with students by engaging in social and emotional skill development, utilizing formal and informal interventions. 4. To build a workable model that is integrated within the frame work of high schools in the federation that can be easily replicated by others. A “How to Start a Program Manual’ has been created and will be available on our WEBSITE. The project is in its 5th year of existence and its implementation was encouraged by successful examination results in 2007 from a self-selected form 5 student study group at WAHS. The program offers a variety of activities for the youth with a focus on building self-esteem and improving Social skills of the students. These activities are aimed at deterring delinquency and reducing crime and violence in the Federation among youth. The program also aims at improving academic success for students in fifth form by offering support in the form of mentors, during the final year of high school. Research studies have shown that children with healthy self-esteem and solid social skills display success in all aspects of their life beyond the school years. There is also general agreement among researchers that in educational settings, the self-perceptions students create, develop, and hold to be true, along with perceptions about their academic capabilities are vital forces in their success or failure in school. Thus, a student’s sense of their academic self will have a substantial bearing on how they approach their studies. Therefore, a critical assumption for the project was that the use of caring mentor relationships, self-esteem and social skills building tools and activities would have a significant impact on student self-esteem and performance in a school setting and beyond. The program also builds on the recognition in the region of the importance of this connection between self-esteem and academic performance. This acknowledgement is supported by the design and introduction of the Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence (CCSLC). The CCSLC incorporates skills, abilities, attitudes, and values that all secondary school leavers should have. Three of the general competences are management of emotions, positive self-concept, and working in groups. The name for the program came into being based on the guiding philosophy that “a diamond when extracted from the ground has rough edges, yet once subjected to care and attention, becomes polished and exquisite - so too children require support, nurturing and caring relationships to help them shine”. Volunteer Mentors are screened and a mentor training program is offered along with ongoing support to ensure that the Mentoring team meets its objectives.

Mission: "Mentoring the youth of today in order to charter a great future for our community !"

01/10/2013

Hey , how is the program going for this year? Hope you all continue to sparkle!
warm regards Sybil and Tom Jones Art

05/06/2013

Hey how are you folks doing wonderful 5th formers?
If you ever venture to Dominica, be sure to look up Tom and I

04/12/2012
Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

...Out of the huts of history's shame
I rise
Up from a past that's rooted in pain
I rise
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

28/11/2012

Speech day tomorrow- be sure to show up
6 prizes for Diamonds PARTICIPANTS 2011-2012

27/11/2012

CURRENT DIAMOMDS- Carol singing this thursday at the cardin

look forward to your participation at the carol singing on Thursday at the Cardin home

27/11/2012

CURRENT DIAMOMDS- Carol singing this thursday at the cardin

home- be at the breezeway at 8:3-am
let us give praise and thankd=s to our seniors-spreading early christmas cheer!
Look forward to a great turn out!!!

27/11/2012

CURRENT DIAMOMDS- Carol singing this thursday at the cardin home- be at the breezeway at 8:3-am
let us give praise and thankd=s to our seniors-spreading early christmas cheer!
Look forward to a great turn out!!!

20/11/2012
Doctor: Modern wheat a "perfect, chronic poison"

Please read and stay off the bread and cakes and donuts- healthy eating for life

Cardiologist Dr. William Davis says people are losing substantial weight, getting healthy by scrapping wheat from their diet

20/11/2012

See you on Thursday-Tom Jones will be in the house talking about self-discovery- you are in for a treat!

20/11/2012

Embracing Children for Who They Are
By JANE E. BRODY(new York Times)

Jane Brody on health and aging.
Contrary to what some parents might believe or hope for, children are not born a blank slate. Rather, they come into the world with predetermined abilities, proclivities and temperaments that nurturing parents may be able to foster or modify, but can rarely reverse.
Perhaps no one knows this better than Jeanne and John Schwartz, parents of three children, the youngest of whom — Joseph — is completely different from the other two.
Offered a bin of toys, their daughter, Elizabeth, picked out the Barbies and their son Sam the trucks. But Joseph, like his sister, ignored the trucks and chose the dolls, which he dressed with great care. He begged for pink light-up shoes with rhinestones and, at 3, asked to be “a disco yady” for Halloween.
Joseph loved words and books, but “our attempts to get him into sports, which Sam had loved so much, were frustrating bordering on the disastrous,” Mr. Schwartz, a national correspondent for The New York Times, wrote in a caring and instructive new memoir, “Oddly Normal: One Family’s Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms With His Sexuality” (Gotham Books).
“This is not just a book about raising a gay child,” Mr. Schwartz said in an interview. “It’s about raising children who are different,” both recognizing and adapting to those differences and being advocates for the children who possess them. Citing the novel “The Martian Child,” about an adopted son, he said, “We’ve got to take care of our little Martians.”
Adjust Expectations
The goal of parenting should be to raise children with a healthy self-image and self-esteem, ingredients vital to success in school and life. That means accepting children the way they are born — gay or straight, athletic or cerebral, gentle or tough, highly intelligent or less so, scrawny or chubby, shy or outgoing, good eaters or picky ones.
Of course, to the best of their ability, parents should give children opportunities to learn and enjoy activities that might be outside their natural bent. But, as attested to in many a memoir, forcing children to follow a prescribed formula almost always backfires.
For example, everyone in my family is a jock, with a strong belief in the importance of physical activity. Everyone, that is, except one of my four grandsons. Now 10, he is an intellectual, and has been since age 3, when he learned the entire world’s atlas of animals. He absorbs scientific information like a sponge and retains it. He can tell you about deep-sea creatures, planets and stars, chemical reactions, exotic caterpillars, geological formations — you name it — and he’s a whiz at the computer. But he has no athletic interest or apparent ability. His parents have introduced him to a variety of team and individual sports, but so far none has clicked.
Rather than try to remake him into someone he is not, the challenge for all of us is to appreciate and adapt to his differences, love him for who he is and not disparage him for what he is not. While the other three boys get basketballs, bicycles and tennis rackets as gifts, for his 10th birthday I gave him a huge book on the universe, which became his bedtime reading.
Lives Enriched
One persuasive voice for differences in children and how families must adapt better is Andrew Solomon, author of an ambitious new book, “Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity,” published this month by Scribner. Mr. Solomon, a gay man who has fathered four children, one of whom he is raising with his husband, has explored in depth the challenges and rewards of family diversity.
Mr. Solomon, who has written articles for The Times, interviewed more than 300 families, most of whom have successfully raised children who are deaf, dwarfs, autistic, schizophrenic, transgender, are prodigies or have Down syndrome, as well as those who were conceived in rape or became criminals.
He makes a strong case for accepting one’s children for who they are and, at the same time, helping them become the best they can be. Especially poignant is his account of a family with a high-functioning son with Down syndrome. For years, the boy progressed academically on pace with his peers and was a poster child for what a person with Down syndrome could do. But when the son could go no further, his mother recognized that he needed to be in a group home.
“We had worked so hard to make him the Down syndrome guy who didn’t need it,” the mother told Mr. Solomon. “But I had to look at what was best for him, and not some ideal we had built up for ourselves.”
Most of the parents interviewed found a lot of meaning and many rewards in dealing with a child who was different. “They told me it has given them a so much richer life that they wouldn’t have given it up for all the world,” Mr. Solomon said. “There are many ways to exist in this world and many different ways to be happy.”
As Mr. Schwartz described Joseph: “He’s a delightful guy, a joy. I couldn’t have made that mold. You can’t expect your kids to turn out as you planned, but you can be thrilled by how they turn out.”
He added: “You want your children to achieve and be comfortable with who they are. You should advocate for them and help them develop the skills to advocate for themselves. But parents shouldn’t try to mold their children. When you expect your kids to fit into a mold, especially a mold of your own making, you’ll be disappointed.”
Schools, too, should know how to accommodate children who are different, said Mr. Schwartz, whose book details the struggles his son faced even in a town with great schools.
It’s not just a matter of schools dealing effectively with bullying, he said. “Jeanne and I believe schools can do a lot with the resources they have to embrace differences in kids and recognize when they are unduly stressed,” he said.
Even with accepting and encouraging parents, Joseph Schwartz was unable for years to acknowledge his gay identity, which resulted in serious academic, social and psychological problems. Each of Mr. Solomon’s families also faced identity struggles, and many were helped greatly by finding peers with similar challenges, a task made so much easier by the Internet.
For many parents, he said, raising children who were different was “an occasion for growth that introduced them to social networks they never imagined.”
He said, “It added richness to the lives of those who said they could see a positive side to having a child who was different.”
He said, “It added richness to the lives of those who said they could see a positive side to having a child who was different.”

Greetings  to all our Diamonds Students- celebrate kind acts with everyone  you meet today and everyday gong forward! Se...
13/11/2012

Greetings to all our Diamonds Students- celebrate kind acts with everyone you meet today and everyday gong forward! See you on Thursday

Today, 13 November, is World Kindness Day. It was introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement. It is observed in many countries, including Canada, Japan, Australia, Nigeria, Singapore, Italy, India and United Arab Emirates. In the UK it is fronted by Louise Burfitt-Dons who co-founded Kindness Day UK. According to Gulf News, "it is a day that encourages individuals to overlook boundaries, race and religion."

08/11/2012

Finally met class of 2012-2013- what great spirits, so proud to get to know you if only for a a short while!
Enjoy the rest of your week and may you blossom into the perfect human beings that you are.
Sybil Jones

13/10/2012

We will be starting up our program soon---hang in there Washie 5th formers

30/09/2012

if you wish to be part of a Morninga tree planting next Saturday October 6th- message me!

30/09/2012
The Psych Approach

The Psych Approach

There are strong links between our childhood experiences and adult lives. The emotional basis of success should have a bigger role in education.

Happy Independence Day St. Kitts and Nevis!! Continue to be creative, warm and sovereign souls in your communities! Also...
19/09/2012

Happy Independence Day St. Kitts and Nevis!! Continue to be creative, warm and sovereign souls in your communities!

Also, to our Diamonds students, do continue to glisten as you begin your life journeys as working men and women. Best of luck with your advanced studies as well. ;-)

17/09/2012

Be a hero and help someone in your community today!

16/09/2012

Happy National Heroes Day Fans!

Quick Quiz: "What are the names of the individuals who have been dubbed National Heroes of St. Kitts and Nevis as of the year 2011?"

PowerPlug! (Motivational Quotes)
05/09/2012

PowerPlug! (Motivational Quotes)

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HEALTHY ISLAND COOKING CLASSES- TIME TO LEARN HOW TO EAT WELL AND COOK WELL! FORMER DIAMONDS GET A DISCOUNT. MESSAGE ME!
04/09/2012

HEALTHY ISLAND COOKING CLASSES- TIME TO LEARN HOW TO EAT WELL AND COOK WELL! FORMER DIAMONDS GET A DISCOUNT. MESSAGE ME!

Living Off The Grid
31/08/2012

Living Off The Grid

~dylan

27/08/2012

where will all the diamonds go- college, work, study abroad? keep us informed! the world is your oyster.

27/08/2012

Remember to always stay strong and maintain your PMA (Positive Mental Attitude) in times of adversity. Do your best and never settle for mediocrity!

23/08/2012

congrats to all our Diamonds students for doing well in the 2012 CXC examinations- we are proud of your accomplishments and wish you all continued success in your lifelong learning!

14/08/2012

focus your life on bringing kindness to everyone and every situation you find yourself involved in-it will make you and the world a better place to be.

08/08/2012

how is your aummer shaping up? Bes ure to have a plan for September-college or a job or volunteeer work- keep your mind engaged and your heart in a giving mode

We are so proud of each and everyone of you, our dear Diamonds. The D.I.T.R Mentoring Program would just like to wish yo...
29/07/2012

We are so proud of each and everyone of you, our dear Diamonds. The D.I.T.R Mentoring Program would just like to wish you guys the best of luck and hope that you all effectively plan your introduction to the world of work! Plan for career goals and objective now in order to be successful!

26/07/2012

We're almost at the 200 Fan mark, come on, share our page with family and friends. Help spread the positive vibes! ;-)

24/07/2012

How are you making the world a better place? Share your stories

24/07/2012

Who has a job? Tellus about it?

To the entire graduation class of the Washionton Archibald High School 2012 Graduant body, the D.I.T.R Mentoring Program...
12/07/2012

To the entire graduation class of the Washionton Archibald High School 2012 Graduant body, the D.I.T.R Mentoring Program wishes to extend heartfelt congratulations on this, your successful milestone! Continue to be and grow into glistening Diamonds!

Ps. Your graduation ceremony was very well composed and executed, we enjoyed every minute of it while our diamonds showcased their amazing dancing, drumming and singing talents! ;-)

Oh what an amazing Sunday Beach Party we had with our dear Diamonds Students, we danced, we laughed, we played, we celeb...
09/07/2012

Oh what an amazing Sunday Beach Party we had with our dear Diamonds Students, we danced, we laughed, we played, we celebrated but most of all....we loved!!

Thank you on behalf of the entire D.I.T.R Mentoring Program, for joining us today for a day of fun filled activities and farewell. We more than wish you guys the best that life has to offer and to one day become and hold successful careers! ✌☀❤☁☀ #peace & #love

Today is the day Diamonds! We hope to see all of you out today as we host our final activity with you guys! Bittersweet?...
08/07/2012

Today is the day Diamonds! We hope to see all of you out today as we host our final activity with you guys! Bittersweet? We know, we'll miss each and everyone of you dearly.

But let's not think about all that mushy stuff right now, let's just CELEBRATE!! ;-)

Remember transportation is provided, so be at the school's breezeway at 3:30 promptly!

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