Jamaica News: Recording artiste, Agent Sasco, is being lauded for his recent contribution of $50,000 towards the education of two juveniles under the supervision of the Department of Correctional Services (DCS).
The entertainer made two donations of $25,000 each to the top boy and top girl at the recent ‘We Transform’ Sports and Fun Day, held at the Rio Cobre Juvenile Correctional Centre in Spanish Town, St. Catherine. The boy is a ward at the Rio Cobre facility, while the girl is under the probation system, and is studying at a major institution.
“We are happy with the help; it went a far way. The client’s mother was excited and grateful, because they needed it. It is a good initiative, and we endorse it,” Principal Probation Officer at the Spanish Town Probation Office, Marja Gay Smith, told JIS News.
She said the gesture is a motivation to the beneficiaries and other wards to “be positive and to do good things”, adding that many times wards have feelings of bewilderment, and “when a public figure can do something like that, it builds their self-esteem”.
For her part, Acting Policy Director at the Ministry of National Security, and Programme Manager for the ‘We Transform’ Programme, Ella Ghartey, said education is giving wards options for their personal well-being and to make positive contributions to the society, and Agent Sasco is making a huge impact in the correctional system.
“It is amazing what Sasco has been doing for these children since we engaged him in 2017 to be a Mentor and Ambassador for the ‘We Transform’ Programme. He has shown such commitment and passion to make a difference in their lives,” she said.
Miss Ghartey noted that the entertainer has also made donations of electronic game gadgets to the Metcalfe Street Juvenile facility, and given motivational talks to the wards, “which have started to make a difference”.
Meanwhile, Agent Sasco said as a Mentor in the ‘We Transform’ Programme, he believes that the rewarding of good behaviour will further reinforce and encourage “excellence among these young people, and with the right support, they can achieve their dreams”.
“I am committed to playing my part in ensuring that they are not left behind. It is my hope that others will join me in this movement,” Agent Sasco told JIS News.
Source: JIS News