Founder and president of the Positive Organization, Neville Charlton continues to prove that volunteerism is indeed necessary for the development of our country.
The 24-year-old University of Technology student explains that his commitment to volunteerism began at the age of 8. Inspired by his aunt, he joined a local Path Finder group and he continued to be involved in a number of voluntary activities throughout high school.
Amidst all the negativity affecting the nation’s youths, Neville held the belief that he could make a difference by giving of his time to others who were in need. In 2012 he formed the Positive Organization which involves the mobilization of youths from all walks of society into giving back and partnering with various corporate organizations to carry out various projects.
In 2014, he was awarded one of the Scotiabank’s Bright Future Awards for his voluntary work with the Silverstone Citizen’s Association and the Jamaica Hurdles Crew. He was also pinned as an I Believe Ambassador; a program of the Governor General of Jamaica which recognizes individuals who have achieved greatly despite difficult and challenging socio-economic circumstances and continue to make a difference in their communities.
Today Charlton’s organization has over 100 volunteers spread across each parish. They volunteer their services at children’s homes and homes for the elderly. They also volunteer at various sporting events including the ISSA Boys and Girls Championships, Gibson Relays and also the Jamaica Invitational Meet. Charlton is also a mentor at the Holy Trinity High School and an advocate for Respect Jamaica.
He is driven by Gillian Anderson’s quote that says one should, “Be of service. Whether you make yourself available to a friend or co-worker, or you make time every month to do volunteer work, there is nothing that harvests more of a feeling of empowerment than being of service to someone in need.” He is urging young people to get into the business of volunteering. “We see the impact of volunteerism all around world every day. Volunteers stand up for our rights and lobby for a change locally, regionally and internationally. Their collective efforts make Jamaica a vibrant country”, says Neville. He further went on to say that young people must get into the habit of giving back as there are various opportunities available…it gives a sense of self-satisfaction, knowing that you are able to make an impact on someone’s life.
“Volunteer Today, Change Tomorrow”
Student|University of Technology, Jamaica