YCT touts ‘Shaquille Grant Learning Centre’
Relatives of dead teen Shaquille Grant, who met his demise after sustaining three gunshot wounds during a police raid in Agricola, have launched a foundation in his memory.
The Youth Coalition for Transformation (YCT), in collaboration with Grant’s relatives, yesterday facilitated the launching of the foundation in the form of a press conference.
The foundation will be named the Shaquille Grant Learning Centre, and situated in Agricola, even though the family hasn’t been able as yet to identify a specific location.
President of YCT, Jermaine Grant disclosed that his organization has assisted the family in getting the foundation registered and opening an account that will facilitate donations.
Grant informed that the initiative is aimed at being able to serve as a facility where persons in the community can join in an effort to elevate themselves and, by extension, the neighbourhood.
He said that the skills being taught will enable persons to become either employed or self-employed.
Grant said that the move is likely to enhance leadership style in the community and develop mentors. He revealed that the initiative is the brainchild of Shonette Adams, mother of the executed teen, who had expressed her desire to have an institution in memory of her son.
The youth leader said that the foundation will be taking into account the different talents in the community and striving to harvest it to its’ full potential.
Grant’s sister, Ketina Lynch, said they felt a learning centre would best serve the youths of that community.
Grant pledged his continued assistance to the family as it relates to ensuring a successful implementation of this project. He said that he is encouraging the business community and other interested persons to contribute towards the foundation so that its mandate would be realised.
Shaquille Grant was shot dead during a raid by several police ranks, three of whom have been charged, with one appearing before the court. The other two accused are believed to have fled the jurisdiction and wanted bulletins have been issued for them. (Abena Rockcliffe)