RISE Kidz Club
Due to the fact that many inner-city children go home from school to an empty house where there is no supervised guidance, they become vulnerable to anti social activities such as becoming gang members, using drugs, early sexual initiation, gambling and other unhealthy activities.
The period between when an adolescent gets home from school and when his/her parents arrive home is a very critical one that can either make or break the adolescent, shaping him/her into a life of adulthood that contributes either negatively or positively to society.
Because of this, the RISE Kidz Club was established to provide an opportunity for adolescents ages 8 – 14 years to participate in supervised after school recreational, educational and social activities in a safe and friendly environment. The activities of RISE Kidz Club aim to develop adolescents’ creative and leadership qualities, enhance their self esteem and teach discipline & team-building.
The core skills taught through the RISE Kidz Club address many of the challenges faced by children as they transit into adolescence enabling them to foster a greater appreciation for themselves, increase their self esteem and equip them with the necessary skills to make wholesome and healthy life decisions.
Approximately 250 adolescents participate in RISE Kidz Clubs in the communities of Parade Gardens, Allman Town, Fletchers Land, Towerhill, Drewsland, and Waterhouse. Some of the activities of RISE Kidz Club include homework assistance, reading programmes, recreational activities including creative arts, performing arts, field trips, sports, and an annual summer camp.
The RISE Kidz Club is a part of a violence prevention programme funded by the European Union and operated by RISE in inner-city Kingston.
Youth Leadership Training Programme
RISE Life Management Services partners with eight Youth Groups in six communities. Approximately 250 youth attend weekly youth group meetings with a focus on training young people in leadership, communication, and life coping skills so that they will become positive role models in their communities. RISE has trained the members of these clubs as Peer Educators to disseminate life skills education to young people in their communities.
Training is offered in the following life skills: Conflict Resolution; Adolescent Sexuality & Reproductive Health, Goal Setting & Personal Development; Advocacy & Leadership Skills; HIV and STI prevention education; and Communication and Presentation Skills.
RISE also works closely with the elected executives of these youth clubs to increase their capacities to administer the affairs of their community based organization. RISE partners with the National Centre for Youth Development (NCYD), the Jamaica Youth Advocacy Network (JYAN), and the Jamaica Red Cross, to provide a wider range of capacity building opportunities for the young people in our programmes.
Parenting Skills Training Programme
Parents in the targeted communities receive specialized training sessions geared at equipping them to become more effective parents. Training is open to all parents in the targeted communities.
Parenting Support Group
The community parents have established parenting support groups with the aim of sustaining effective parenting skills. They currently organize activities within their communities to increase awareness of parenting as a skill and provide ongoing support through programmes such as breast feeding education and awareness and student support. Nine parenting groups currently operate in six communities.
Pon di Corner Counselling
Pon Di Corner Counselling is an innovative counseling programme created to attract young males who are at very high risk of indulging in criminal activities and who do not normally participate in formal social programmes. Interactions are held one afternoon each week with the participants in ‘their space’. Through this initiative we have assisted a number of young men to receive HEART certified vocational skills training, acquire employment and birth certificates, TRN and NIS cards. The programme is currently being implemented in three of the six communities.