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  • Young persons in the inner city community of Parade Gardens, in downtown Kingston, are to benefit from a new Teen Training Centre, which has been established in the heart of the district.
  • The International Youth Fellowship (IYF) in Jamaica, in its continued mandate to facilitate youth development in Jamaica, opened the training centre to offer assistance to the youth of the area through various social programmes.
  • Mayor of Kingston, Her Worship, Senator Councillor Dr. Angela Brown Burke, has commended the IYF for the initiative.

Young persons in the inner city community of Parade Gardens, in downtown Kingston, are to benefit from a new Teen Training Centre, which has been established in the heart of the district.

The International Youth Fellowship (IYF) in Jamaica, in its continued mandate to facilitate youth development in Jamaica, opened the training centre to offer assistance to the youth of the area through various social programmes.

Mayor of Kingston, Her Worship, Senator Councillor Dr. Angela Brown Burke, has commended the IYF for the initiative.

“I expect that from what you are doing here, lives will be transformed.  I look forward to the kind of impact that I know an institution with the kind of philosophy you have will make, and the kind of changes that you will bring in the hearts of youth in this area,” she said.

The Mayor, who was speaking at the opening of the centre on June 23, also thanked the IYF for its intervention in the community.

Meanwhile, Youth and Culture Minister, Hon. Lisa Hanna, said programmes that are geared towards youth development are very important, if the country is to progress.

“Jamaica has a large population between zero and 30 years of age, so we have a responsibility to make sure that the programmes work,” she said.

For his part, Country Director for the IYF, Pastor Jin Hee Kim, said “there is much hope and promise in the hearts of these young people during our encounters with them as we hosted introductory parenting talks and bible workshops in recent weeks.”

“We are confident that this centre will help many of the youth in and around Parade Gardens to defy the difficult situations that we see each day and embrace this hope that we share,” he said.

The opening ceremony also featured the naming of the ‘Mama Joy’ Lounge in honour of Joy Marilyn ‘Mama Joy’ Baker, a woman renowned for her work as a warm hearted and generous caretaker of hundreds of inner city children and at-risk youth.

The centre, which is located at 2 – 4 Higholborn Street, will offer a range of programmes, including life skills, foreign language classes in Korean, Chinese and Spanish as well as cultural dances and music, which will be taught by qualified volunteers.