Hi, my name is Akierah Binns, a mentor for the WeTransform Youth Empowerment and Reintegration Programme in Jamaica.
The We Transform Youth Empowerment and Reintegration Programme is the Ministry of National Security's flagship youth transformation programme geared at providing children (12-17 yrs.) within the care and supervision of the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) with the requisite skillset, character and support to become productive exemplary citizens. The We Transform Programme was established by Minister of State Pearnel Charles Jr in 2016 and initially branded as the Learning by Doing Initiative; a student centered approach to rehabilitation.
The programme aims to;
Contribute to the reduction in youth offending/reoffending and by extension crime and violence
Build self-esteem, sense of purpose, and hope; as well as promote good values and attitudes among the children
Empower the target groups to become agents of change/exemplary citizens
Create public awareness and engender multisectoral participation and support in the rehabilitation and transformation of the children
Strengthen the institutional capacity of the DCS to effectively deliver rehabilitation and reintegration programmes.
You can be a part of this process by making a small contribution that will empower our wards to attend University/College/Training Institution. Any amount goes a long way but if you are not able to contribute now, help this cause, by spreading the word.