My father runs after me with a cutlass – Youth Power Group Gives Advice

Yanic Charles – My life since growing up was not nice because of the difficulties I was facing at home and the poverty and struggling. I decided to leave my mother`s house at the age of fifteen to go and live with my father. At this age all that I wanted was to go out and party with friends but my mother never allowed me to do that I thought that if I go and live with my father things could get better.

As I came to my father`s house I still not finding things easy for me, I was empty, confused and angry. The respect for my father was not there, and the love had finished to the point that I was not seeing him as a father but an ordinary man. Been so young and already influenced by friends I learned how to smoke and drink. When my father got to know all that I was doing, he came from work so angry that it made him pull a cutlass and run after me, it was a terrible day! I thought I would die that day.

I used to smoke 10 joints of marijuana per day, so young but full of myself, didn`t respect nobody. I joined a gang and I thought I had friends but I was alone, I tried to kill myself once but it never worked. At Clendon Mason Secondary School in Dennery I thought I was the boss, the teachers thought I wouldn`t reach my twenties. When I meet one of my teachers weeks ago she cried because she thought I was died.

I told her what made me change, was the decisions I took and where I found hope to keep me going and this is what I will tell you as well. I found the YPG (Youth Power Group), they listened to me, gave me directions and taught me how to be a better man in a society that walks upside-down. I learned to say “NO“ and today I have joy, peace within myself, love for my family and the anger gone away. If you want this transformation in your life I want to invite you to take a step forward and make the end of 2016 to be the best year of your life.

COME AND LEARN TO SAY NO this coming SATURDAY November 19th at 12 noon, Dereck Walcott Square in Castries

We will give advice on addiction, bullying, abuse, rape, sadness, low self esteem, gangs, bad friends, family problems, rebelliousness, anger, loneliness and so on.

Many performances of great artistes and schools will be taking place as well

YPG HELP LINE: 724-8130 / 724-8041

YPG WhatsApp: 730-4040 / 730-2043


  1. Anonymous
    November 15, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Wow. What a testimony! Am glad that there is such a program to help the youth.

  2. Anonymous
    November 15, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    So true I wish more would gotten help

  3. Sonya
    November 15, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    What an inspiring testimony son, but in everything Give God thanks and praise for without him and ur willingness it would not have accomplished. Also I must say I hope u also did realise why mother never allowed u to go out partying… Congrats to you my dear you have done extremely well, and continue on that path.

  4. Anonymous
    November 15, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    great job YPG. hope it does not involve religion

    1. Anonymous
      November 15, 2016 at 4:24 pm

      This is a group from the universal church

  5. Anonymous
    November 15, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    Anyone that wants to come to the event there are buses available.

  6. Anonymous
    November 15, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    Proud of us cuz. You have turned out to be an amazing young man.

  7. concern
    November 15, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    This group should go in the different community and speak to the young people there ..don’t stayin one place ..balata ,bbaboneau, boguis monchy and the list goes on .

  8. Anonymous
    November 15, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Great job. The work YPG is doing is really helping alot of touths here in st.lucia (y)

  9. Anonymous
    November 15, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    I am very proud of you for surrendering your life and humbling yourself to god be the glory

  10. Anonymous
    November 15, 2016 at 11:11 pm


  11. Anonymous
    November 15, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Wonderful testimony! Glad that he found the group which supported and helped him make the necessary changes in his young life! Anything is possible with God.

  12. Anonymous
    November 16, 2016 at 6:52 am


  13. zephirine
    November 16, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    bravo my boy im proud of you for realizing your wrong doings.god bless you and I hope that you continue to inspire and encourage your friends and others to go the right way and walk the right path.your next step should be accepting Christ as your lord and savior get baptized and serve him for the rest of your life.also let your light shine that others will be blessed by your testimony.Amen

  14. Anonymous
    November 19, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    Wow!…powerful testimony!….May God continue to use you and the other members of YPG to touch many lives in this generation. I am overjoyed that you have found Jesus. May he lead you and guide you always.