The Women’s Media Watch Fundraiser

Women’s Media Watch is having a fundraiser on Friday March 30. For more than two decades, WMW has been working on interventions that foster gender equity and inclusion. Their work is well worth supporting.

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The Race for Peace is Today!

The Race for Peace is today at the Mona Bowl. There are so many ways to support The Learning NetWorks. Turn out and compete. You can also call us on 702-2079 and make a donation.

Many thanks to all those who have expressed an interest and those who have helped us to raise money for this great cause.

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The Race for Peace is next Wednesday!

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Violence Can Be Overcome

 ‘Violence in Jamaica appears in interconnected forms, such as domestic, gang, commercial, criminal and political, but with concerted action from the affected communities and sectors of the wider society, violence can be effectively dealt with and overcome.’

– Professor Barry Chevannes (1940-1970)

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Get To Know About Some of the VPA’s Activities

Get to know a little bit more about the Violence Prevention Alliance (VPA) and our work.

See part 2 here.

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The Race for Peace Launch

Yesterday, The VPA held the launch of the Race for Peace at our office. We were totally overwhelmed by the response!

After those in attendance were greeted by reps from Jamaica National, VPA Chairperson Dr. Elizabeth Ward explained the rational for staging the race and what it would mean for the Learning NetWorks Programme. Dr. Pariss Lyew Ayee then spoke about the impact on him of seeing the Learning NetWorks in action. This was followed by a powerful testimonial by Rev. James Bell who manages a Learning NetWork centre. Ms Brittany Singh closed this series of talks by discussing the relationship between violence prevention and education. The talks and subsequent discussion were ably guided by Mr. Rajesh Sujnani and Mrs. Donna Parchment-Brown.

So many of our members, partners and friends had such insightful input! We are truly grateful.

We are really excited to share this event with Jamaica.

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Why Should I Participate?

VPA Member Brittany Singh with children at WROC. WROC is the site of one Learning Net-Work.

The funds raised from the race will be used to enhance the VPA’s Learning Net-works of Jamaica Programme. This programme targets some of the most marginalised, unattached corner youth in our society. These are primarily the young men that other programmes have had difficulty reaching or retaining.

Youth in the programme have the opportunity to gain life and employability skills that greatly enhances their self-esteem and transforms their lives. Just $40,000  is required to keep one participant in the programme for a year.

The programme has had a remarkable track record of success. Over the last five years, just one learning centre has graduated 40 young men each year.

Leading up to the race, you will hear from some of the beneficiaries of this great programme.

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