Sam Sharp Centre For Adolescent Development
The Sam Sharpe Center for Adolescent Development/UAP2 seeks to enable at-risk adolescents with special needs to become positive individuals and leaders within their families and communities; and to provide remedial education, skills training and counseling to adolescents who are illiterate and unskilled so that they may be employed.
Reproductive Health Counseling. This program involves interfacing with other agencies to assist in providing therapy, (intervention, referral,) materials and expertise; time and programs for the youth and their families; family planning services and counseling, especially on gender issues, nutrition, child growth and development, drug abuse prevention, STD's and peer pressures. A multi-media program to sensitize all levels and groups in communities to the problems and concerns of young persons, recognizing causes and identifying solutions.
Literacy and Remedial Education. On site testing to participants to assess literacy and numeracy skills, thereby identifying possible learning disabilities and other physical problems that may hamper learning. In-depth needs assessment and service plan for each client based on test results. Designing of instructional materials relevant to the students' needs interests and career goals and concerns. Creating curricula sensitive to the students' abilities, attention span and social/economic situations.
Vocational & Technical Training Element. Following on the Literacy/Remedial Education component, the program identifies courses through other agencies and institutions that clients can access such as the Vocational Training Center at Granville. The program designs a course in theatre arts, to develop the skills and attitudes necessary to enter the entertainment field, these include: the Cultural Arts Studio, Kingston; the Cultural Arts Center, Montego Bay, and the Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts.
Structured homework programs that not only focuses students on their learning responsibilities but provides on-site tutoring in subject areas. Working with the Jamaica Council for Adult Education, and with HEART/NTA, we provide programs that allow clients to re-enter the formal education/technical system, or to access training courses in technical and vocational education, and entrepreneurial skills.