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YOUNG WOMEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF JAMAICA

General Information


In 1923 the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) was formally established in Jamaica with its first home at Montague House in Kingston.

Mission Statement

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.

Motto

The motto of the YWCA is - "BY LOVE SERVE ONE ANOTHER"

YWCA's Benefit to the Community

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  • 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


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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 Bay 200.

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.

Contact Information

2H Camp Road
Kingston 5
Jamaica WI
Telphone / Fax: 929-3267
Email: ywcaja@cwjamaica.com


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