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Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation outreach centres at Ulster Spring and Highgate back in operation



Ministry of Youth and Culture | 2012-01-12 15:49:00

Kingston, January 12, 2012 - The outreach centres operated by the Women’s Centre Foundation of Jamaica (WCJF) in Ulster Spring, Trelawny and Highgate in St Mary have resumed full operations.

The centres which were re-opened in October 2011 had been closed because of a shortage of funds and the students enrolled at these sites were asked to attend at the associated main centres in St Ann’s Bay and Port Antonio.  
 
The Ulster Spring centre operates from the local community hospital and has eight clients registered.  The Highgate centre is at the Independent Baptist Church and currently has eleven mothers on register.   
 
The Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation is a Government Agency which is mandated to assist girls 17 years and under, who have dropped out of school due to pregnancy.  The teen mothers are allowed to continue their education at the WCJF centre nearest to them for at least one school term, and are subsequently returned to the formal school system after the birth of their babies. 
 
The programme is operated at seven main centres and eight outreach stations island wide.   
 
The Programme for adolescent mothers provides academic classes in the core subject areas of Mathematics, English Language, Integrated Science or Biology, Social Studies, and basic Computer Studies.  
 
Group and individual counselling explore topics surrounding personal growth and development. Counselling about the use of contraceptive methods is also an integral part of the intervention, since each teen mother accepts a contraceptive method prior to her return to the formal school system.  The teen mothers are encouraged to delay subsequent pregnancies until they have achieved their professional or vocational goals.  To date, 41,377 participants have been assisted through this programme. 
 
Although the Programme for adolescent mothers is the core of the WCJF’s activities, the Foundation also offers counselling for “baby fathers”, their parents and the parents of teen mothers.
 
Other offerings by the WCFJ include skills training for males and females in the 17-25 age group; confidential counselling services for children, adolescents, and young adults; peer counselling training for students and walk-in counselling service for women and men of all ages.



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