JIS News

The National Youth Service (NYS) has received some $4 million in sponsorship towards Success Camp 2005, a six-week residential re-orientation and behaviour modification programme for students.
The camp is being conducted in two segments and Chairman of the NYS, Keith Duncan, informed that $3 million of the amount, which was given by the Jamaica Securities Dealers Association (JSDA), would be used to fund the first phase of the programme, which runs from July 20 to August 9. The Jamaica Social Investment Fund has provided $1 million towards the second segment, which will be conducted from August 12 to 30.
Mr. Duncan, who was speaking at a press conference held at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston on July 21, where the cheques were handed over to the NYS, noted that the funds received were just half of the amount needed to finance the camp and called on other prospective sponsors to lend their support to the programme. “We thank you for the support and we want to just encourage others to come on board and let the country know that we are making a worthwhile intervention,” he noted.
The Success Camp programme is an initiative of the NYS and the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ), under the ‘Private Sector Partnership in Programmes for Youth’ project and is geared towards re socializing some 300 students from schools across the country.Mr. Duncan explained that the programme was borne out of concerns expressed by a group of principals, headed by Angela Chaplin of Vauxhall High School, about the high number of students, who are at risk of being expelled from their schools due to behavioural problems.
This year, the camp will be held at the Holmwood Technical High School in Manchester.
In his remarks, Executive Director of the NYS, Rev. Adinhair Jones noted that while the financial cost of the camp might be high, “to not engage will cost more economically and socially down the road”. Other sponsors of the camp include: Jamaica Money Market Brokers (JMMB), Jamaica National Building Society, Mayberry Investments, Alliance Investments, Barita Investments, Cable and Wireless Jamaica Co-op Credit Union, Capital and Credit Merchant Bank, Dehring Bunting and Golding, and Guardian Asset and Management.
Success Camp is one of several programmes that are being undertaken by the NYS. Others include: gender sensitization and community workshops, NYS corps programmes, National Summer Employment Programme, Jamaica-Canada Youth Exchange, Jamaica Values and Attitude Project for Tertiary Students (JAMVAT) and the National Youth Service in schools.