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Educational summer camp to reform problem students

Published:Friday | April 27, 2012 | 12:00 AM

SCORES OF students from the Corporate Area are to benefit from a holistic development summer camp hosted by clinical psychologist Coretta Brown-Johnson.

The camp, in partnership with the Duhaney Park Citizens' Association, is targeting up to 60 students from institutions in Duhaney Park and its surroundings.

Brown-Johnson, who currently heads the Sts Peter and Paul Guidance Department, said the camp would include the performing arts, sports, as well as other programmes to address the issues that are impacting growth.

She said the two weeks of activities, which are expected to get under way on July 16, will target all students, including those with behavioural problems.

targeting all schools

"We are targeting the guidance counsellors in each school. If there is any student with behavioural challenges in their school, they can come on board as well," she told The Gleaner recently.

"It is for the youths. We are looking for at least five to 10 students per school. We have about 15 adults who are committed to volunteering, so we really don't want to oversubscribe," psychologist added.

"The students will get exposed to a plethora of activities including the arts, and they will get an assessment profile at the end," she explained.

Sponsors on board

She said a sponsorship from Jamaica Energy Partners of $100,000 to support the camp has eased the burden of the high cost.

"The cost will be $1,000 per child, because of the sponsorship, and that money will take care of registration and they will get a T-shirt, and we are trying to get food sponsored," she said.

Brown-Johnson argued that the camp has also received a bursary of US$500 from a Jamaican living in the United States of America.

She further added that while more sponsorship was needed, the injection of funds in the programme would assist greatly.

"I am extremely grateful, because last year we impacted the lives of about 30 youths and 11 adults with challenges. These include people who were bipolar and they were part of the camp as well. So we hope we will be able to help even more persons," she added.