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Every responsible state makes an earnest attempt to reform the juvenile offenders with a view of bringing them back into the mainstream society. Jamaica is no exception. The girls detained in the South Camp Juvenile Correctional and Remand Centre for Girls in St Andrew had the treat of their lives when they were served a five-course brunch from popular caterer Jacqui Tyson. The occasion was in observance of National Child Month.
A Joint Effort to Keep the Girls in Better Frame of Mind
Termed ‘Spring Lunch’, the day’s events were organised by We Transform Programme and its mentor, Kim Bernard. The theme selected was ‘Self-Love’. The Rehabilitation Policy and Parole Board Administration Branch, within the Ministry of Security, is the government arm directly involved with these rehabilitation programmes. Their larger objective is to control and reduce young girls and boys committing offences.
Once apprehended and housed in the correctional centres, the objective is to help them realise the value of their lives and set them on a course of being able to be a part of normal society over a period. The Ministry calls it social intervention. They also claim to have identified that the girls in the correctional homes deserve the support, love and direction that can be provided to them. Some of these activities are aimed at training them on soft skills which can prepare them for life after getting out of the detention centres.
Brunch Followed by Training Classes
Coming back to the ‘Self-Love’ programme at the South Camp Juvenile Correctional and Remand Centre for Girls in St Andrew, the girls were feted to a full five course meal in an attractive setting with the table laid and decorated with cutlery and other paraphernalia to help the girls realise their importance. After the food was consumed, there were a couple of classroom sessions, one that taught them etiquette and the other dealt with a vision board. Kaci Fennell-Shirley and Terri-Karelle Reid, respectively, led the teams that conducted these sessions for the girls.
There were a large number of sponsors for this ‘Self-Love’ event; just to name a few, Fashion 911, Rainforest Seafoods, Pepsi Jamaica, Nestle Jamaica, Chocolate Dreams, Select Brands, Pikinini by Soro, Terri-Karelle Reid and Garfene Grandison.
There are four juvenile correctional centres across the island and other such programmes may be undertaken in each of these with the goal of helping the young people with self improvement.