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Male Adolescents

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Men in Jamaican society have often been free to move in and out of parenting relationships avoiding responsibilities for the maintenance, nurturing and upbringing of their children. They have never been able to model a real father, therefore it is difficult for them to relate to any family life situation. Fathers in our society cannot continue to be elusive and a realistic approach to the problem is to coax the numerous adolescent boys - drop-outs from the school system roaming the streets of May Pen - into a structured program to enhance their well being.

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A survey which was conducted in 1994 shows May Pen having as many as 200 boys within the age range 8 - 25 years who are aimlessly roaming the streets.

Fatherhood has never been real to many adolescents, given the matriarchal nature of our society.

These street boys are unskilled, drop-outs from the school system and prime targets for drug peddlers and other criminals. Needless to say this has accelerated the teenage pregnancy rate. It is from this group of young men that the Male Adolescent Program (MAP) recruits its clients.

The program is geared towards attitude change and incorporates family life education, personal development, parenting skills and vocational training, in a package which seeks to inculcate in young men a responsible an independent male image.


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General Information * Male Adolescents * The UAP2 Programme


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