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Celebs flock Ministry of National Security’s We Transform programme

Published:Tuesday | September 19, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Agent Sasco
Jermaine Edwards

Entertainers and other celebrities have come out in support of a Ministry of National Security and Department of Correctional Services' initiative dubbed 'Save a child - Change a Nation', as part of the 'We Transform' programme.

With Kaci Fennel-Shirley, Naomi Cowan, Jermaine Edwards and Agent Sasco lending their time to provide much-needed mentorship, the programme is expected to make a lasting impact on the 242 children, ages 12 to 17, currently in juvenile correctional facilities across the island.

The main aim is to develop self-worth and self-esteem among the youngsters in an effort to have them reintegrated into society without reoffending.

"We hope to change the way we the public, family and members of the community view persons who have been incarcerated. The programme is about removing the stigma; giving them a fair chance to not become reoffenders," said minister of state in the ministry of National Security, senator Pearnel Charles Jr.

The programme, which is centred on group engagement, will include motivational, educational and career development sessions as well as special treats, sponsored by corporate Jamaica. Fifty individuals from various corporate entities have agreed to volunteer their time as mentors.

The Ministry of National Security remains committed to the successful reintegration of juvenile delinquents into the Jamaican society and through initiatives like We Transform, hopes to see more opportunities for those willing to take advantage.

National Security Minister Robert Montague, in lauding the programme, said, "My ministry believes that each of these youth deserves a second chance. And we are committed to helping young offenders to get back on the right side of the law and remain (there)."

The minister said it makes no sense to de-humanise children who are in state detention centres for three years, before releasing them back into society.

Upcoming events to be held as part of the programme include mentorship days for males and females on November 4 and November 25, respectively.