Why Strengthen Youth Clubs

 

WHY STRENGTHEN THE YOUTH CLUB MOVEMENT?

 

THE CHALLENGES

  • Over 70% decline in the number of youth clubs islandwide since 1998, and likelihood of further decline in the absence of immediate intervention
  • Correspondent increase in the likelihood of youth being victims or perpetrators of violent crime in Jamaica
  • Approximately 140,000 young Jamaicans considered to be 'unattached'
  • Heightened levels of apathy towards civic engagement and participation
  • Absence of clear governance structures and coordination of support to youth clubs

 


THE YOUTH CLUB RESPONSE

Research shows that youth clubs...

  • Are key intervention points for reaching at-risk youth and enabling youth participation in productive activity
  • Provide a protective factor against adolescent delinquency
  • Support the development of positive youth identity, social capital, cognitive, emotional, employability and social skills
  • Are a best practice for reducing social marginalisation, promoting good citizenship and building civic competencies
 

 
STRENGTHENING YOUTH CLUBS WILL SUPPORT...
  • the creation of a secure, cohesive and just society as envisioned by the National Development Plan (VISION 2030)
  • the positive youth development, and youth participation and empowerment goals of the National Youth Policy
  • priority targets in the CARICOM Youth Development Action Plan (CYDAP)
  • the mobilisation of youth and youth-led networks to youth-led groups to take action towards achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals