CHILDREN FIRST
JAMAICA RED CROSS (JRC)
THE KINGSTON YMCA
ST. PATRICK’S FOUNDATION
WESTERN SOCIETY FOR THE UPLIFTMENT OF CHILDREN (WSUC)
YOUNG WOMEN’S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF JAMAICA (YWCA)

 

CHILDREN FIRST

Project Title: Uplifting Adolescents Project 2

Background
Children First is a newly transformed independent non-governmental agency. The original project began in 1989 with the support of

Save the Children Fund (UK), with 50 street children. Children First presently serves children age 3 – 18 years. It is the largest

organization of its kind in Jamaica. The focus of the project is to work with and for children using the child participation technique,

empowering them to become actively involved in decision making. Children First was awarded in 1998 the Press Association of

Jamaica Award for “Excellent Contribution to Community Development and to Street Children.”

Mission Statement
To work with street and potential street children to improve their life chances thereby enabling them to make positive contributions

to society.

Programme
The work presently caters to the needs of children through the provision of education, training and life skills support mechanisms that are essential for the health and welfare of youth. These include the following:

  1. Remedial Education
  2. Basic Skills Training
  3. Counselling
  4. School/Homework Assistance Programme
  5. Recreational/Sporting Activities
  6. Life/Survival Skills Training
  7. Environmental Awareness and Management
  8. Career Guidance and Skills Upgrade Referral
  9. Youth Advocacy Training
  10. Child Rights Education (“The rights of the child”)

 

Locations of Activities
9 Monk Street, St. Catherine
Old Harbour Bay, St. Catherine

 

Contact Information
Claudette Richardson-Pious, Executive Director
9 Monk Street, Spanish Town
St. Catherine
Tel: (876) 984-0367; Fax: (876) 984-2839
E-Mail: kidz@cwjamaica.com
Website: Jamaica-kidz.com

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JAMAICA RED CROSS (JRC)

Project Title: Adolescents and Family Outreach (AFO) Programme

Background
The Jamaica Red Cross, being active in the role of youth development, was selected as one of the NGOs to implement the programme. This programme, begun in 1997, had been operating as an educational alternative programme providing youngsters with necessary life skills. The Adolescents and Family Outreach (AFO) Programme caters to “at-risk” youngsters between the ages of 10-18 years.

The main goal of the programme is to improve literacy and numeracy skills to empower at-risk youth to become more responsible and productive citizens, hence enabling them to make positive contributions to society.

Mission
To improve the life chances of “at-risk” youngsters (teen parents, drug addicts, drop-outs, challenged learners, and those with financial limitations).

Location of activities
Holland Primary School, St. Elizabeth
JRC-May Pen, Clarendon
Yallahs High School, St. Thomas
JRC Headquarters, Central Village, St. Catherine

 

Programme
Emphasis is placed mainly on the following core subject areas:

  1. Literacy & Numeracy Education
  2. Personal and Family Development
  3. Reproductive Health
  4. Prevocational Training (which varies according to the location)

Information Technology, Arts & Crafts, Plumbing, Electrical Installation, Garment Construction and Food Preparation
Students are also exposed to social and cultural activities, such as sports, field trips, community workdays and the Annual Jamaica Red Cross National Youth Rally, all of which provide them with social and cultural experiences for growth.

Contact Information

Lois Hue, Director
Jamaica Red Cross NHQ
Central Village, Spanish Town,
St. Catherine
Tel: (876) 984-7860-2
Fax: (876) 984-8272
E-mail: jrcs@infochan.com
Website: Jamaica-kidz.com

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THE KINGSTON YMCA

Project Title: The YMCA Youth Development Programme/UAP2

Background
The Kingston YMCA is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that was founded in June 1920. It is a family-oriented organization that seeks to promote the welfare of young people through spiritual, social, intellectual and physical activities.
Its years of involvement in community service to youth in the urban and suburban parts of the country saw the establishment of the following:

  1. Boys Town Youth Community Training Centre
  2. The YMCA Youth Development Programme/UAP2
  3. The YMCA/Amy Bailey Training Centre

 

Mission
To build a family organization that enables the development of young people through structured activities geared towards the strengthening of spirit, mind and body, and promotes YMCA principles and the Christian values of love, peace, service and justice. The objective of the Youth Development Programme is to increase literacy and numeracy among targeted Jamaican youths.

Programme
YMCA’s programmes are geared towards developing urban and suburban communities through a process of empowerment with the following provisions:

  1. Skills training
  2. Literacy and numeracy education
  3. Personal and family development
  4. Reproductive health
  5. Christian principles and social development activities

These programmes are geared towards the needs of inner city youth who are exposed to violence, poverty and exhibit behavioural problems.

Locations of activities

Kingston YMCA, 21 Hope Road, Kingston 10
The YMCA/Amy Bailey Training Centre, 4 Rosedale Avenue, Kingston

 

Contact Information
Sarah Newland-Martin, General Secretary
The Kingston YMCA
21 Hope Road, Kingston 10
Tel: General Secretary: (876) 926-0801
Office: (876) 926-8081
Fax: (876) 929-9387
E-mail: kymca@cwjamaica.com
Website: Jamaica-kidz.com

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ST. PATRICK’S FOUNDATION

Project Title: Uplifting Adolescents Project 2

Background
With local and external support over the past seven years, St. Patrick’s has acquired the needed capital resources to set up its centres, employ and develop staff, and initiate and sustain programs. It has reached a solid level of institutionalization, has seen an increased number of participating citizens and has built a stable structure of governance.

The Foundation is a non-governmental, non-profit organization serving the West Kingston, inner-city areas of Olympic Gardens, Tower Hill, Waterhouse, Seaview Gardens and Riverton City. The Foundation operates five Human Resource Centres, of which two administer the UAP2 programme.

Mission
The St. Patrick’s Foundation seeks to alleviate human suffering and to better the quality of life of the poor through education, skills training and investment in the human person. It also seeks to empower people of poor communities to become self-reliant and responsible citizens. It further seeks to catalyze community organizing for social and political change.

Programme
The Foundation provides the community with the following programmes:

  1. Literacy and numeracy skills
  2. Vocational skills – woodwork, electrical installation, garment construction
  3. Library services

Locations of activity

St. Margaret’s Human Resource Centre, 64-68 Henderson Avenue, Kingston 11
Christ the Redeemer Human Resource Centre, 2-4 Pacific Boulevard, Seaview Gardens, Kingston 11

Contact Information
Peter Graham, Chairman
2-4 Pacific Boulevard, Seaview Gardens
Kingston 11
Tel: (876) 757-2210
Fax: (876) 937-1891
E-mail: stpats@colis.com
Website: stpatricksfoundation.org and Jamaica-kidz.com

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WESTERN SOCIETY FOR THE UPLIFTMENT OF CHILDREN (WSUC)

Project Title: High Risk Children Education Project

Background
A guiding light to the future of dropouts, marginalized street and working children is this exemplary agency. April 1, 1997, marked the transformation of the Montego Bay’s Save the Children Fund’s (U.K.) Marginalized Youth Project to Western Society for the Upliftment of Children.

The original project began in January 1990 in response to the growing concern for the increasing number of children falling out of the school system and ending up on the streets. Over the years, the project has evolved and become a leading agent in addressing the concerns of children in the communities of western Jamaica.

Mission
To develop a sustainable programme that will assist the marginalized youth of the communities within its environs to achieve their full potential – physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually.

Programmes
WSUC offers the following programmes

  1. Numeracy and literacy education
  2. Prevocational skills (sewing, craft, carpentry, electrical installation, interior decorating,  

     barbering, information technology, cosmetology and videography)

  1. Special evening programs focusing on street and working children
  2. Conflict resolution
  3. Personal and family development
  4. Reproductive health

WSUC programmes include an in-school component whereby all age and primary school students are exposed to conflict resolution and reproductive health sessions. This intervention is implemented at five schools within St. James and Hanover. WSUC has also been active in setting up youth clubs within these schools, whereby students are further exposed to drama, poetry and singing.

Locations of activity
WSUC Headquarters, 26 Miriam Way, Montego Bay
All Age and Primary schools in and around Montego Bay

Contact Information
Glenda Drummond
The Western Society for the Upliftment of Children
26 Miriam Way
Shop #26, Filandy Centre
Tel: 952-3377
Fax: 979-9879
Website: Jamaica-kidz.com

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YOUNG WOMEN’S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF JAMAICA (YWCA)


Project Title: Uplifting Adolescents Project 2

Background
In 1923 the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) was formally established in Jamaica, with its first home at Montague House in Kingston. The YWCA operates from five locations/branches with the UAP existing in three centres.

The Uplifting Adolescents Project caters to the needs of children in the age group of 10-18 years who are not in the regular school system for a variety of reasons, including learning difficulties, inadequate supervision by parents, conflicting home environments, emotional and other problems. These children come from inner city communities where social infrastructure and physical amenities are inadequate.

Mission Statement
The YWCA’s activities offered are similar to those offered in the formal school system. There are four components of the UAP2:

  1. Literacy and numeracy
  2. Reproductive health
  3. Personal development
  4. Vocational skills

The methodology used is varied and highly participatory and includes role playing, drama, dance and karate, among others.

Location of activity
YWCA – Spanish Town, St. Catherine
YWCA – Barrett Street, St. James
YWCA – Arnold Road, Kingston

Contact Information
Mildred Dean, National Coordinator
2H Camp Road, Kingston 5
Tel:/Fax: 929-3267
E-mail: ywcaja@cwjamaica.com
Website: Jamaica-kidz.com

 

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