Development committee uplifting youth in Linstead
THE LINSTEAD Community Development Committee (CDC) has been empowering the youth in the St Catherine-based community for some 15 years.
President Devon Smith said the community has implemented numerous programmes for young people aimed at creating economic stability.
"I made reference to Project Hope and the chicken-rearing project established seven years ago, that are still impacting the lives of the people in a positive way," the CDC chairman revealed.
He said creating an atmosphere of stability for members was the main agenda when the CDC was conceptualised.
"We are very creative. We received a grant of $250,000 from the Jamaica National Foundation, and we took the decision to invest in our members who were struggling to find employment," said Smith.
He explained how interested members of the committee were selected for grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to invest in a chicken-rearing project.
At this point, I am very enthused because the programme has reached the communities of Rose Hall, Linstead proper, Savanna, Deeside and Banbury among others.
Smith said Project Hope aims at uplifting the youths and keeping them focused.
Stacy Ann Beckford, a beneficiary of Project Hope, graduated from teachers' college and was unemployed for two years.
"Project Hope has helped me to develop the confidence I needed, and for the past five months, I have been working as a teacher in a basic school while pursuing a degree at the university.
Minette Anderson-Myers, parish manager, Social Development Commission said the Linstead CDC is one of the most organised in the parish. She described Smith as an honourable man who is keen on developmental projects.
"The persons who are involved are part of the Linstead CDC and this organisation is making a difference in tapping into young people's resources and bringing out their entrepreneurial skills," she informed.