The Child Resiliency Programme | Violence Prevention Alliance | Kingston, Jamaica Telephone:(876) 631-0352
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child resiliency programme jamaica



 

The Child Resiliency Programme began in 2006 as an outreach programme of the Hope United Church, under the umbrella of the Hope counseling and Wellness Centre. It seeks to meet the needs of pre-adolescents and build on their competencies as the most effective strategy for preventing multiple problems. It also aims to focus on promoting physical, social, cognitive, vocational and moral competence.

In 2014 the programme began operating out of the Violence Prevention Alliance, UWI and spread its wings to the Kingston YMCA, Boys Town, west Kingston and Falmouth All age School. It is a collaborative effort between schools, community organizations, church, families and health services in order to build a broad enough network.

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OVERALL GOAL

The building of resilient children and adolescents by a long term developmental process that involves integration of our neighbouring schools, mental health services, church and community organisations.


OBJECTIVES

1) To identify and support pre and young adolescents age 8-12 yrs who are at risk of behavioural or emotional problems or are displaying the following high risk behaviours:

  1. Reading below grade level
  2. Cigarette, drug or alcohol use
  3. Delinquency, excessive fighting, violence
  4. Inappropriate sexual behaviour
  5. Have suffered Sexual, Physical, Emotional Abuse or Neglect

 2) To mobilize a system of support for children age 8-12 yrs within the community by making linkages between Community Organizations, Church, Family, School, Peers, Recreation, Creative Expression and Sports

Core Basis of the Child Resiliency Programme

  • The life stories of resilient youth who have now grown into adulthood teach us that competence, caring and confidence resulting in the highest levels of productivity can flourish even under adverse circumstances if children encounter persons who provide them with a secure basis for the development of trust, autonomy and initiative.
  • Shifting paradigms from a focus on individual risk and deficit to one of global protection and strength
  • Holistic rather than a piecemeal problematic based programme
Our overall goal is the protection of vulnerable children and adolescents through a long term developmental process based on existing resiliency research. Each child, refered to the programme by the guidance counselor or principal of the neighboring schools, is considered to be at promise.

Currently 60 children at KYMCA, 60 children at Boys Town, and 40 children at Falmouth All Age school from the neighbouring primary schools are in the programme.
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Background: 

 Involvement in afterschool sporting, academic, spiritual, social, mentoring and parent training activities have been shown to be an effective strategy for the prevention of several adolescent risk behaviours and the promotion of healthy lifestyles. The Child Resiliency Programme of the Violence Prevention Alliance. is based on the growing evidence of both external and internal factors that protect adolescents from engaging in early unprotected sex, violence, drug use or other health risk behaviour.

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child resiliency programme jamaica
We aim to build resiliency through life skills training activities including, spiritual strengthening, academic support to improve literacy and numeracy, and also by offering, creative expression, sports, parent/family skills training & counseling
child resiliency programme jamaica
child resiliency programme jamaica
child resiliency programme jamaica
child resiliency programme jamaica
child resiliency programme jamaica

Our Programme's sustainability depends on our pool of volunteers and private benefactors. To find out how you can help, please read further.
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child resiliency programme jamaica
child resiliency programme jamaica
child resiliency programme jamaica
child resiliency programme jamaica
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