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  • The We Transform Programme is calling on citizens to offer themselves as mentors, as the initiative expands its offerings to include a mentorship programme that will be launched in January 2019.
  • Speaking with JIS News, Programme Manager, We Transform, Ella Ghartey, is imploring Jamaicans to invest positively in the lives of children and young persons.
  • “The programme wants to encourage positive behaviour changes and reduce the risk of re-offending by exposing the beneficiaries to positive role models who can invest in their lives by providing emotional and material support, so we will be training the mentees with requisite knowledge and skill sets to become positive change agents,” she explained.

The We Transform Programme is calling on citizens to offer themselves as mentors, as the initiative expands its offerings to include a mentorship programme that will be launched in January 2019.

Speaking with JIS News, Programme Manager, We Transform, Ella Ghartey, is imploring Jamaicans to invest positively in the lives of children and young persons.

“The programme wants to encourage positive behaviour changes and reduce the risk of re-offending by exposing the beneficiaries to positive role models who can invest in their lives by providing emotional and material support, so we will be training the mentees with requisite knowledge and skill sets to become positive change agents,” she explained.

The Programme is partnering with HEART Trust/NTA to train more than 150 mentors over the next year. The training sessions will commence next month with over 120 persons confirmed to be trained as mentees.

“We have 310 mentees, so we are still asking persons who want to be a part of youth development, because we need at least 150 mentors for the first year,” Miss Ghartey said.

Mentors will provide assistance in areas such as employability skills (with guidance from the HEART Trust/NTA Career Development Manual) as well as activities geared towards positive behaviour change, self-esteem, building good family relations and decision-making.

The Manager said the mentorship programme is expected to yield positive results in the behaviour of the mentees.

“All the activities will be geared towards the holistic development of the mentees as well as areas of needs identified by the mentees as the programme develops. The mentorship programme will better prepare mentees within the institutions (wards) for successful reintegration into the wider society,” she explained.

The career development of the mentees is also an objective of the programme.

“We are hoping that mentees will have increased knowledge on various career options and will be guided on how to set and achieve career goals. It will also empower those within the wider society (probationers) to make more informed decisions and encourage their involvement in skills training programmes with support from HEART Trust/NTA,” Miss Ghartey said.

Persons interested in becoming a mentor can send an email to: wetransformja@mns.gov.jm or call 876-967-4908.

The We Transform programme, which was launched in 2017, facilitates the rehabilitation and reintegration of youth offenders who were placed in the four juvenile remand centres islandwide, through a series of activities engaging them in academics, vocational education, and health and wellness.