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UPWFING ADOLESCENTS PROJECT

Sub-Grantee: Project Title:

Mel Nathan Institute for Development and Social Research

Partnership for Mature Personhood

3 a t u s Update: Music and drama continue t o be integral t o the program a t Hannoh Town. The a r t program suffered a blow when the Peace Corps volunteer left over the Christmas holidays. Involvement ofthe adolescents in sports. the boys in football, and the girls in netball, is seen as vital for improving their self-esteem and participation in academic work. Several students from all locations were prepared for the Grade Six Achievement Test in March. The boys in the Hannah Town and North Street locations are looking forward to the start of the U A P Football League.

Extra efforts have been made t o improve attendance through home visits and follow-up by stoff members. These activities seem t o be bearing fruit in the Pretoria Road community.

Par'icipation in Computer education has been enthusiastic

by the students.

The Chetolah Park children had a field

trip

in

February t o

the

Bank of Jamaica.

This was

  • o

    first

for many of the students. The program is being implementeda t Kingston Comprehensive High School (KCHS) due t o escalating violence in the Chetolah Park area, and this has bendwed the children, since the

adolescents

at

KCHS are

more

consistent

in

attendance

and this is showing in their achievements. Students are preparing t o participate in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission Festival of A r t s competitions. with enhies in the speech, drama and music categories.

The special population students a t Edith Dalton-James Community College have focused on practical work this period, and will be going on work experience in April for about 6weeks. They were also exposed t o human development classes, including inter-personal relationships. health and sexuality discussions.

Several meetings have been held with parents and Senior citizens in the Seafield -Carran Hall area. The Christmas Social a t this location, postponed from December, was held in Januarv.

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