A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed to facilitate access to vocational training, apprenticeship and employment opportunities for youths released from juvenile facilities.
The MoU was signed yesterday by the General Secretariat of the Organisation of American States, the Trust for Americas, Health, Housing Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) Programme and the Heart Trust/NTA.
The document was signed at the opening ceremony of a four-day workshop under the theme: “Post-Release Services to Jamaican Youth”.
The workshop is aimed at training several agencies and stakeholders within the probation aftercare service, the Child Protection and Family Services Agency, Ministries of Education and Health, HOPE, HEART Trust/NTA among others in post-release support.
The signing of the MoU is in keeping with the ‘A New Path: Promoting a Healthy Environment and Productive Alternative for juvenile offenders in Jamaica’ project.
Since 2015, over 1900 youths have received intense training and financial assistance from the programme.
The project seeks to improve the lives of at-risk youth in conflict with the law.