Julia Mohammed, a member of the Picton Folk Performing Co.
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Recorded: March 06, 2009
Posted: March 10, 2009
JULIA MOHAMMED: This group has been an inspiration for me because eight years ago when I was at home there were times when I was getting into trouble and so on. My mother let us come into this group because Ms. Carlene was her friend. When we have things like homework we would come up here and people would help us. I dance, sing and do drama in this group. Anything anybody could do outside we could do it inside here. My good experience in this group is doing drama. This group taught me how to act and now I am acting in school. They would pick me to act when we have to perform in different places and I have won trophies for acting. This group is very important to the community because it keeps the children out of trouble.
Jerome Hamilton, a member of the Picton Folk Performing Co.
JEROME HAMILTON: I am a singer, drummer and actor in this group. We really need a place to call our own because without it a lot of the youths will go astray. To be honest, this group has kept me out of trouble because with the kind of mentality I had growing up, the slightest thing anybody told meÖ I had what you would call a short fuse; I had a rage until one of the executives of the group spoke with me. I remember some months ago, my father and I had a misunderstanding and the PRO of the group, Mr. Carlos Griffith came to me and told me my father and I need to talk things out. It so happened that we worked it out and everything was okay. This group is very important to the community because we are what you will call the light of the hills. Throw out all the things people have said about Laventille. This group will prove many people wrong. If you look around, everybody in this group has talent. We could do anything. The executives of the group even gave me the courage to go and try out for the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force. I am not sure if I made it because I havenít received any calls as yet. Anything I do the group is behind me one hundred percent.
Jamal Zamore, a member of the Picton Folk Performing Co.
JAMAL ZAMORE: I am nineteen years old and I live right around the corner from Picton. I could say that this is my second home. Anything they call on me to do I will always do it. My portfolio basically is that I can do anything. I could sing, dance, do drumming, play the steelpan and I can also act. I am still learning these things but I have a fair share on what to do in any aspect. This group has helped me to build my self-esteem, courage and many other things. It helped me to stay away from the gang violence in Laventille because I used to lime with them before I came here. Extra curricular activities really help you to stay away from gang violence. I am really asking for anyone out there who can help us either to stay here or to get a place close to here where the transport is not really a problem for the members. If we can get help that would be really great because many of us are living right around here and if we have nothing to do at home we can always come here and practice. Anything we want to do we can always do it in this yard. All I am trying to say is that I really do not want to leave here any time soon. I am hoping to stay here for a couple of years.
Kerry-Ann Julien, a member of the Picton Folk Performing Co.
KERRY-ANN JULIEN: I am fifteen years old and I have been dancing since I was very young. My experiences dancing have been good so far. I am making new friends everyday. It has been a great experience being in this group because they are like my second family. It is a nice place to be and I hope we get a place to practice because I love my dancing and I am not giving it up to do anything else in the world. Performing in front of an audience is okay. You just have to keep your head high, smile and have confidence right through the dance on stage. The experience on a stage is really nice. This group is very important to Laventille because it keeps the place alive. When we do not practice people would ask why we are not beating the drums and so on. We explain why and they understand. They are willing to help us find a place to practice. This group really keeps Laventille from all the crime and so on.
Rickisha Thomas, a member of the Picton Folk Performing Co.
RICKISHA THOMAS: I do a little of everything like dance, sing, act and so on. My experience in this group has been very good. Some of the things I enjoyed the most are dancing and drama because I really put my all into what I do and I get to express my feelings. This group is very important to the community because it can help the youths to stay out of trouble and it can help them to do positive things. People can come and see the positive things we are doing and that can help the parents with the children as well. Whatever negative influences come around, we the people have to help push it away and try to keep things positive. I would like to say to the public to just live life and enjoy it. Try to think and do good things no matter what and try to walk with your head held up high.
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