Addressing the Social Issues of Crime, Violence, Youth Empowerment and Creating a Better Future for Our Communities
Topic Summary: According to Vision 2030, Jamaica must become a “place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business”. This, however, has and will continue to be difficult to achieve if garrison communities have not been transformed. Many garrison/under-resourced communities face complex issues that span decades of poverty, corruption, hopelessness and social, economic and civic exclusion. To improve the quality of life of its residents and enhance public safety, a multi-sectorial approach must be employed. Given its unique and consistent position in communities, the church must own and play its role in working with community members, the state (and its agencies) and private sector to help in community development to address issues. This panel will discuss practical ways of working in partnership to address social issues and facilitate better communities.
Addressing the Social Issues of Crime, Violence, Youth Empowerment