Jamaica News, Clarendon: Hope Youth Summer Work Programme – Coordinators of the HOPE youth summer work initiative in Clarendon says the expanded programme is having the desired effect, with a large percentage of this year’s intake being unattached young people.
Last year persons aged 17-24 were afforded the opportunity to work, but this year the programme is geared towards persons 17-29 years, so as to get more unattached young males in volatile communities involved.
·Parish Field Officer for Clarendon Patricia McKenzie says it is critical to get especially the males involved, as they would otherwise be in communities idle.
One young male-from the crime-plagued Effortville community, was thankful for the opportunity to work, reasoning his address oftentimes leaves him unable to get employment.
·The Programme which started in the first week of June with the first of 3 groups, will conclude on August 31.
Over 1000 youth workers are placed in private, public and non-government organizations (NGOs) for 3 weeks and are given a stipend upon completion.
It forms part of the Prime Ministers revamped HOPE employment initiative.