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Juvenile wards gets US$2.5 million counselling, educational, training programme

Juvenile wards gets US$2.5 million counselling, educational, training programme


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Kingston, Jamaica (JIS) – Juvenile wards of the State at all correctional facilities will now benefit under the second phase of the programme dubbed ‘A New Path’.

The programme, which initially targeted wards at the South Camp Juvenile Remand & Correctional Centre and the Metcalfe Street Juvenile Correctional Centre, in Kingston, has been extended to the Rio Cobre and Hill Top juvenile correctional centres.

It is aimed at providing hope to marginalised young people who have come into conflict with the law by providing them with the requisite skills necessary for reintegration.

Phase two will focus on strengthening the institutional capacity of the Department of Correctional Services and the Ministry of National Security.

The project, which is managed by the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Trust for the Americas, is financed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) at a cost of US$2.5 million.

Speaking at the official launch at the South Camp Juvenile Remand and Correctional Centre in Kingston, today (March 7), Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., hailed the initiative as the single most-effective and transformational programme under the umbrella of the Correctional Services.

“This is how we take a proactive stance to save our troubled youth. While we identify the problems and challenges, let us seek out solutions with vigour and urgency to engage them in sustainable and meaningful ways. There is no child, young man or woman living in Jamaica today who is irredeemable,” he said.

Senator Charles thanked the partners for their continued support, adding that “we are on a mission to save lives and provide second chances”.

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Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr. (second left), converses with (from left) Commissioner of Corrections, Ina Fairweather; Organization of American States representative in Jamaica, Jeanelle van GlaanenWeygel; and Mission Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Jamaica, Maura Barry Boyle, during the launch of the programme, dubbed ‘A New Path’, at the South Camp Juvenile Remand Centre, (April 7).
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