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Address: c/o Office of Social Entrepreneurship, Department of Management Studies, UWI Mona, Kingston 7
Telephone: (876) 977-8038 ext. 286
Fax: (876) 940-4919
Email: youthcrimewatch_jamaica@yahoo.com
Web Site: http://ycwa.org/world/jamaica/index.html

Youth Crime Watch of Jamaica (YCWJ) is one of the 26 international affiliates of Youth Crime Watch of America (YCWA) headquartered in Miami. The YCWJ is a Non-Governmental Organization which seeks to develop youth-led and targeted strategies to combat issues of crime prevention, healthy lifestyle, positive life choices, self-esteem development, civic responsibility, employment and alternative livelihood, violence reduction and crime prevention within schools and communities.

Objectives

  1. To contribute to Jamaica’s nation-building process by:

    1. Promoting a research-driven response to issues of crime and violence as it affects Jamaica’s youth

    2. Developing a repository of information on youth and development

    3. Influencing policies relevant to youth through lobbying and other activities

    4. Assisting with policy implementation

  2. To build public awareness towards promoting the following:

    1. Healthy Lifestyles

    2. Positive Life Choices

    3. Violence Reduction

    4. Crime Prevention

  3. To empower, educate and increase awareness and responsibility among Jamaica’s youth.

  4. To contribute to sustainable community development through:

    1. Building capacity at local levels

    2. Promoting community safety

    3. Enhancing community partnerships and togetherness; and

    4. Helping to secure the future of Jamaica’s children

  5. To promote love.

Activities by Component

Education and Training

The focus of this component is to offer the relevant training and educational/information resources to support the rolling out of the YCW mandate, the implementation of new YCW sites, and the sharing and learning of best practices. The YCWJ will be building upon this experience and taking lessons learned to define and expand models across the country. The core elements of the training are: training of trainers, implementation training, workshops and seminars, and national and international conferences.

Site Implementation

This component focuses on strengthening national involvement including schools, NGOs and community-based organizations.

Research and Documentation

An important approach to the YCWJ strategy will be to develop a reputable database to assist with the formulation and development of policy. The basic premise underlying this strategy is to ensure that all those involved in the discussion and formulation of national policies regarding youth and crime have access to the requisite baseline data that comes out of the work of the YCWJ.

Through extensive research this component will also develop material and tool kits that are specific and relevant to current realities and situations.

Policy Coordination

In view of the strong policy formation that will be carried out, a comprehensive analysis will be been done on all Jamaican youth strategic plans, legislation, policies, standards and guidelines.  This will inform the priority next steps to be carried out for promoting strengthened synergies and coordination in the formation of youth policy; ensuring youth empowerment and advocacy in policy processes; and promoting implementation of policies through improved strategic plans and decentralized capacity building.

Programme Manager
Monday to Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The YCWJ has created synergies with the Office of Social Entrepreneurship, Department of Management Studies, UWI Mona (Faculty of Social Sciences) on the “Saving Lives through Enterprise” Programme. The programme aims to develop a model of sustainable community development, which seeks to prevent the formation of and entry into violent gangs and to transform existing gang members into partners for enterprise emphasizing the empowering of youth and women in entrepreneurship.

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