225 young peo­ple ben­e­fit from anti­gang sen­si­ti­sa­tion ses­sions

The Star (Jamaica) - - NEWS THE WEEKEND STAR -

The Min­istry of Na­tional Se­cu­rity has in­ten­si­fied its ef­forts to tackle youth in­volve­ment in crime with the re­cent stag­ing of six anti-gang sen­si­ti­sa­tion ses­sions.

Ap­prox­i­mately 255 young peo­ple ben­e­fited from the ses­sions, which were 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.

Fo­cus was placed on equip­ping the par­tic­i­pants with life and en­trepreneurial skills and con­flic­tres­o­lu­tion 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’ and the United States Agency for In­ter­na­tional Devel­op­ment (USAID) aimed at de­ter­ring youth from en­gag­ing in il­licit ac­tiv­i­ties, es­pe­cially gang in­volve­ment.

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