Over 250 Youths Benefit From Anti-Gang Sensitization Sessions





A probationer proudly shows off a bracelet he made during the final in the series of

anti-gang sensitization sessions held at Hotel Grandiosa in Montego Bay,

St. James, on Wednesday, November 7,2018.


As part of efforts to deter youths from involvement in crime, approximately 255 young people benefited from anti-gang sensitization sessions, held across the island over two weeks from October 25 to November 7.

These include youth offenders in juvenile centres, probationers, and unattached young people.

The Ministry of National Security is leading in the sessions

to tackle youth involvement in crime.

Focus was placed on equipping the participants with life and entrepreneurial skills and conflict resolution techniques.

The sessions, under the theme ‘Make the Choice to take a Chance and Change Your Life’,were a joint effort between the’We Transform Programme’andthe United States Agency for International Development (USAID) aimed at deterring youth from engaging in illicit activities, especially gang involvement.

Minister of State in the Ministry, Rudyard Spencer, said the initiative reflects a commitment to implementing programmes that deter youth from crime.

This, he said, is in keeping with the Rehabilitation and Redemption and Crime Prevention through Social Development pillars of the Ministry’s five-pillar crime strategy.

“The intention is to stimulate prosocial values, attitudes and behaviour. This approach will re-socialise mindsets and promote respect for self, others and community,” he noted.

Acting We Transform Programme Manager, Steffani King-Halstead, said the sessions were a success.

The sensitization sessions are a follow-up to Anti-Gang Week held in September, where the Ministry coordinated activities under the theme ‘Gang Life Equals no Life,’ and targeted youths who are predisposed to involvement in gangs.


By: Franklin McKnight

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