Church and Community Programmes
Scores of children, young people and adults gather each week to
explore, to learn, to share, to grow and to discuss their role in the
shaping of the community and the nation.
These programmes include those for the elderly, parenting, and community
economic development efforts. The Uplifting Adolescents Project operates
in seven sites of the Mel Nathan Institute catchment area.
The majority of the adolescents registered in the programme are from the
inner-city constituency of Western Kingston and account for 59 % of the
adolescents. During 1999, the program was interrupted several times due
to social unrest and violence especially in the inner city communities
making it extremely difficult at times to deliver services. Despite the
odds, the adolescents were able to overcome these difficulties and there
are marked improvement in literacy and remedial education. Parents
continue to give tremendous support to the UAP program.
Activities include the delivery of personal and family development
through arts and craft, sports (football, netball and volleyball),
dance and drama.
There is an active dance group at North Street consisting of
children from both the after school and the regular school population.
This group is entered for the annual Jamaica Cultural Development
Commission (J.C.D.C.) Festival of Arts competition. Visits are made
to the homes of participants on a regular basis to maintain contact
The Edith Dalton James Community College population consists of
students who have graduated from the All-Age School system, school
drop-outs and students who were referred to us from other agencies.
Many of the students are themselves parents and have the responsibility
of taking care of a family while they obtain an education.
Recognizing this, the Institute has developed an intensive Personal
and Family Development programme. Skills training, and literacy and
remedial education continue to be an integral part of the curricula
being offered which include Auto-mechanics, Electrical Installation,
Food Preparation, Garment Construction, and WeldingWoodwork.
Putting Students to Work
Eighty of the students participated in six weeks of work experience
related to their skills training. This is in keeping with our mandate
to allow students a wide variety of experiences.
Some entered the working world for the very first time. The students
did their placement at police stations, local hotels and business
During the year some collaborative work was done with other agencies
as in the case of the auto-mechanic department whose students got
additional experience at the Jamaica-German Automotive School.
Most of the students did very well at their placements and were offered
jobs. Twentyfour percent have confirmed job placement in auto-mechanics,
electrical installation, welding, food preparation, garment construction,
Eight students sat the City and Guild Examination, a London based
examination Board. Six sat the Caribbean Examination Council (C.X.C.)
English Language exam. These accomplishments attest to the levels of
achievement the students have attained.
Church and Community Programmes