CSJP helping to transform De La Vega City
The residents of the De La Vega City community in Spanish Town are now reaping benefits from the continued intervention of the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP).
Since 2011, CSJP has been working in the community through the De La Vega City Community Development Committee (CDC), offering services such as parenting support, sports programmes, and vocational skills training.
CSJP community case management officer Kadian Hutchinson says that residents have been reacting favourably to the various offerings, ensuring that the programmes are very effective.
"There is a stigma that has been placed on the community, but in that community, there are a number of overachievers ... . That community can go a far way," she said.
Treasurer of the CDC Joan Black hailed the CSJP for helping to change the image of the community.
"With (their) help we have grown tremendously. Some people say that we are volatile. Some say we are ghetto and when they come in and see our community, they see this is not so," she said.
Another benefit of the CSJP's involvement in De La Vega City is the number of volunteers the programme has generated.
In order to benefit from the scholarships, a resident must be a volunteer and a CDC member.
Richard Dumphrey, a scholarship beneficiary, is giving back by assisting at the homework centre.
Dumphrey had previously participated in the CSJP's internship programme when he was placed at the Insurance Company of the West Indies as a filing clerk.
After the internship, CSJP awarded him a partial scholarship to pursue tertiary education at the Portmore Community College, where he is majoring in information technology.
Through use of the Essential Learning Programme software, Dumphrey provides an interactive way of helping youth with reading challenges.
"I did not want them to get bored with books. It helped with phonics, grammar, and learning the alphabet," he said.
Dumphrey, an operations officer at Wisynco, said CSJP's emphasis on volunteering has helped him to enjoy giving back.
"I find what I do fulfilling because if you can get one youth off the treet and away from crime and violence, you are saving a life. A lot of the youth here just need guidance and someone who can relate to them."