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  • At-risk youth in a number of communities in the Half-Way-Tree area will be engaged in a fun day on November 2, aimed at uniting the communities and promoting non-violence.
  • The event entitled: ‘Sizzle 2014,’ is being organised by the Half-Way-Tree Community Development Committee Benevolent Society, in collaboration with the Eastwood Gardens Youth for Progress Club
  • Speaking with JIS News, President of the Half-Way-Tree Community Development Committee, Michael Lawson, said the event was arranged to address a recent upsurge in violence in the areas

At-risk youth in a number of communities in the Half-Way-Tree area will be engaged in a fun day on November 2, aimed at uniting the communities and promoting non-violence.

The event entitled: ‘Sizzle 2014,’ is being organised by the Half-Way-Tree Community Development Committee Benevolent Society, in collaboration with the Eastwood Gardens Youth for Progress Club. The event, to be held at the Cassia Park community centre, is being supported by the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP).

Speaking with JIS News, President of the Half-Way-Tree Community Development Committee, Michael Lawson, said the event was arranged to address a recent upsurge in violence in the areas.

“We will be using sports to bring people together. It is a proven technique that has worked for other communities and we hope it will work for ours. This is in an effort to get everyone to come out and engage one another in friendly activities to rebuild relationships, because we want to break the tension in the community,” Mr. Lawson told JIS News.

CSJP Community Action Officer for Cassia Park, Alva Marie Graham, told JIS News that the programme will be supporting the event through its social marketing arm, CSJP Peace Mobile, which is an entertainment stage where persons can perform cultural pieces and other forms of entertainment.

 

“We believe that this collaborative effort will stem the level of fear and help to bring back the peace and cohesion in the community,” she said.

CSJP constructed the Cassia Park community centre, which offers information technology training, homework classes, and an afterschool programme.

The Peace Management Initiative (PMI), Victim Support Unit (VSU), Social Development Commission (SDC) as well as the Community Safety and Security Branch (CSSB) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), are also providing support in the staging of the fun day.

Following the event, CSJP intends to engage young persons in the community through remedial classes and life skills training. There are also plans to assist them to matriculate to vocational skills training programmes through the HEART Trust/NTA.