Most individuals know Tanyalee Williams as councillor for the Might Pen North Division in Clarendon, however not many know that she is an ordained minister, a proud grandma, and was a highschool dropout.
In a one-on-one with The Gleaner, Williams shared how she acquired again on her toes after getting pregnant in fifth kind and needed to drop out of college.
Crammed with goals of being an accountant, she needed to accept revising her notes at dwelling after which returning to highschool to take a seat her Caribbean Secondary Training Certificates (CSEC) exams.
“I had my son, and two weeks after, I had to return to do my topics. So simply having a child, your pals are in highschool and it’s a must to go and see them. I used to be shy and I used to be questioning what they have been gonna do,” Williams shared, including that she was afraid they might jeer at her.
She was relieved after they expressed happiness in seeing her.
STUDIES TO CONTINUE
Williams, who has nothing however reward for her mother and father, stated after examination outcomes got here out, her mother and father made it identified that her research would proceed.
“You not staying dwelling. I’m not gonna help you waste [your life],” she recalled her dad saying, together with her mother including, “You going again to highschool.”
She then enrolled at Knox Neighborhood Faculty, the place she did extra CSEC topics and began pre-university.
Assist additionally got here from her now-deceased aunt, who saved her son whereas she attended courses.
Williams, who additionally has a 13-year-old daughter, stated she will’t think about the place her life could be immediately had it not been for supportive mother and father. It’s for that purpose that she is now imploring mother and father not to surrender on their pregnant teen daughters.
“I had my son, who celebrated his twenty eighth birthday immediately (Might 11), and my mother and father despatched me again to highschool. My life didn’t cease there, and I want to say to moms, ‘In case your little one has made a mistake, don’t throw your palms within the air. I implore you to take a seat with them, speak to them, encourage them, be that help system to your kids’,” she shared, including that failure to do that may see that little one bringing one other unplanned little one into the world.
With a ardour to make a distinction within the lives of teenage moms, Williams is now within the technique of forming The Voice Basis to assist teen mothers.
“I simply don’t need them to get again into college. I wish to nurture them. I need them to be mentored and to study life abilities of the way to maintain themselves and the way to actually mom that little one,” Williams confused.
The Voice Basis, she stated, may even deal with younger girls and boys who’re proficient in sports activities who’re having challenges going to highschool and in addition on serving to the aged to beat a few of their challenges.
A minister in addition to a politician, Williams believes that Christians needs to be extra concerned in politics.
“I’m now pressured to make a change. I’m now being positioned. While you take a look at Esther within the Bible, she was positioned on the helm. She was in a position to sit with the king to make adjustments for the nation, so now that I’m positioned within the place the place we’re nation builders, I’m right here to make a distinction within the lives of the those that I serve,” she stated.