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The National Youth Service (NYS) is on track to garner the additional $6 million needed to fund ‘Success Camp 2005′, a six-week residential re-orientation and behaviour modification programme for students.
Reverend Adinhair Jones, Executive Director of the NYS told JIS News that the organization has collected some $4.62 million of the $6 million needed to add to the NYS’ contribution of $3 million, as $9 million is required to fund the camp.
The Executive Director informed that by the week of August 15, most of the funds required should be collected. “Things have been going very well and we are expecting things to be sorted out by next week, and we should be able to collect the remainder of the funds to go along with the $3 million being contributed by the NYS,” he told JIS News.
Reverend Jones said that potential sponsors had given several commitments and that $1 million had already been received from the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) to fund the second phase of the camp. The largest portion of the sponsorship is coming from the Jamaica Securities Dealers Association (JSDA), with the association having already committed $3 million.
Other sponsors include Super Plus, Jamaica Money Market Brokers, Jamaica National Building Society, Mayberry Investments, Alliance Investments, Barita Investments, Cable and Wireless Jamaica and Dehring Bunting and Golding Limited.
Prior to the current phase of the camp, the NYS had received approximately $4 million in sponsorship. The first phase, which was held at Holmwood Technical High School in Manchester, ended on August 9 and Reverend Jones explained that the second phase, which began on August 12, is being held at Oberlin High School in St Andrew.
“Due to the numerous camps being held at Holmwood Technical at this time, we decided that it would be more practical to host the second phase of the camp at Oberlin High,” he noted. The camp ends on August 30.
The ‘Success Camp’ programme is an initiative of the NYS and the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), under the ‘Private Sector Partnership in Programme for Youth’ project, and is geared towards re-socializing some 300 students from schools across the country.