tells students be careful for Carnival
activist Choclate Allen interacts with students of
Asja Girls College, San Fernando, yesterday.
Photo: Tony Howell
Be careful over the Carnival weekend
Dont look down at people
Stereotyping seriously affecting young people
ANTI-CRIME activist and inspirational speaker, young Choclate
Allen yesterday urged students to stay focused and not get
caught up in the Carnival frenzy.
As part of her motivational school tour, Choclate
visited the Anjuman Sunnat ul Jamaat Association (Asja)
Girls College in San Fernando where she spoke to a
small gathering of students.
But the entire student population seemed very excited to
see Choclate, calling out to her and waving.
Thirteen-year-old Choclate told students that stereotyping
was seriously affecting young people. People must
not judge a person by where they live, how they dress, what
school they attend, she said.
Choclate added: You cannot look down at a person
unless you intend to help pick them up. She inquired
from the students what they thought were some of the negative
things affecting them.
Some of their answers were teenage pregnancy, Aids
Choclate advised the students to be careful over the
Carnival weekend. You have to remain 100 per cent
crime free and be positive at all times, she said.
Speaking afterwards with the Guardian, Choclate said
she would not be participating in Carnival, but she would
probably watch it on television.
She said she would use that time to work with Caribbean
Vision and to focus on her education. She said the feedback
from her tours had been overwhelming and she had been receiving
e-mails and letters from young people seeking advice and
dont have all the answers but I try to assist them
the best way I could, she said.
Within the past four weeks Choclate has visited 20
schools and she intends to visit 20 more before she ends
her tour, as part of her 100 Per Cent Crime Free campaign.
Anyone wishing to assist Choclate Allen with her anti-crime
can call 696-0619 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.