Agent Sasco recognised for mentoring troubled kids
The Ministry of National Security has recognised dancehall/reggae artiste Jeffrey 'Agent Sasco' Campbell for his work with juveniles in the care of the Department of Correctional Services (DCS).
Last week, State Minister for National Security Rudyard Spencer presented a trophy to Sasco on behalf of the ministry's flagship mentorship programme, 'We Transform', at the ministry's head office in Kingston.
Spencer lauded Sasco for working with young men at the Metcalfe Street Juvenile Centre in Kingston, where he has been a dedicated mentor for more than two years.
"Since the inception of the We Transform programme in 2017, Agent Sasco has been relentless in his efforts to provide financial assistance, as well as his time, energy and skills, to the educational development of over 200 young men at Metcalfe," said Spencer.
Ella Ghartey, acting policy director, offender management, rehabilitation policy & parole board administration, and We Transform programme manager, said the ministry engaged Sasco as a mentor and ambassador of the programme after thoroughly scouting candidates.
"We were confident that he would make a great role model and advocate for our at-risk youth. So far, he has exceeded our expectations with his philanthropy, advocacy and determination to play his part in the empowerment and transformation of our youth," she said.
In his reply, Sasco thanked the ministry for the opportunity to transform lives.
"I now have a better appreciation for the We Transform programme. I have been inviting friends and colleagues to participate, and most recently, two wards were awarded an opportunity to work with Uppercut [Barbershop and Salon], for which I am grateful," he said.
The artiste added that this mentorship opportunity allows others like himself to help shape a better future for young people in State care.
The We Transform programme targets at-risk youth within the care and supervision of the DCS, providing the requisite skill sets and opportunities to transform their lives.