In 1923 the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) was formally
established in Jamaica with its first home at Montague House in
The YWCA of Jamaica is a member Association of the
World YWCA exists for the promotion of the well-being of women and girls in
all aspects of their lives and works to unite them in a worldwide Christian
fellowship which seeks fullness of life through physical, mental, social and
spiritual development and through service to others and the nation.
The motto of the YWCA is - "BY LOVE SERVE ONE ANOTHER"
YWCA's Benefit to the Community
- Y-TEEN CLUBS - operating in schools island-wide
- SCHOOL LEAVERS INSTITUTES - for teens, designed to promote personal
development and to provide academic and vocational training. Present enrolment
600 strong, in four (4) branches
- SKILLS TRAINING PROGRAMMES - garment construction, catering, floral
arranging, cake decorating, art/craft, home management
- FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION - including "AIDS" and "STDs"
through selected schools
- PEER COUNSELLING TRAINING
- BASIC SCHOOL in Port Royal
- LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT an ongoing programme
- ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY PROJECTS
- PAPER WORKS - for recycling and producing paper, A SOLAR DRYING &
FOOD PROCESSING plant
- HOUSING FOR WOMEN at the National Headquarters
- BEE FARMING PROJECT at Spanish Town YWCA
- UPLIFTING ADOLESCENTS PROJECT for 10-18 age group funded by USAID
in three YWCA Branches
- WORKSHOPS for training professionals in people-related skills e.g.
bereavement counselling and stress management
- HIV/AIDS support groups
- ANNUAL SUMMER DAY CAMP
Of the 5 branches of the YWCA, the UAP exists in 3 centers with a total enrolment
of 987 students distributed as follows:- Kingston 337, Spanish Town 450, Montego
The Uplifting Adolescents Project caters to the needs of children in the age
group 10-18 years who are not in the regular school system for a variety of
reasons such as learning difficulties, inadequate supervision by parents, unfriendly
home environment, emotional and other problems. These children come from inner
city communities where social infrastructure and physical amenities are inadequate.
Methodology is varied and highly participative and includes role play, drama,
dance and karate and other activities.
Sporting activities include netball, volleyball and cricket. The children display
good team spirit.
2H Camp Road
Telphone / Fax: 929-3267