The Project Sustainable Development for Low Income Communities – Development of Social Capital offered youth (male and female) from vulnerable communities Haynesville, Pinelands and the City, the opportunity to obtain another chance for economic stability and social mobility through job and business development training as a core strategy of steering them away from crime and related violence and drug use and abuse.
The project targeted youth (male and female) ages 16 to 35 from either of the participating communities Haynesville, Pinelands and the City.
The activities conducted under the project were:
Conflict Resolution, Mediation and Drug Awareness Seminar
- The training components was dedicated to the delivery of an intense, realistic, participatory and eye opening training seminar utilizing key practitioners and dramatizations followed by discussions. Sessions were compulsory for consideration to other training components.
Micro Business Training
- The development of small business persons formed a critical part of the programme delivery. During the research phase within the three (3) communities, respondents noted a high interest in owning their own business. In response, the program targeted ten (10) persons from each of the participating communities. Other agencies involved in developing micro business were brought on board to bring technical resources to potential clients. Micro Business Training was conducted between September and November 2010 for 4 weeks in each of the participating communities.
Career and Personal Development Training.
This activity provided ten (10) participants within each community with the competencies to get and keep a job. Participants were exposed to sessions focusing on English Fundamentals, Employment Preparedness, Wealth Creation Mechanisms and Information Technology with a special focus on Conflict Resolution and Drugs and its impact on the family, community and the job market. Life Coaching was integrated into the training to assist participants:
- to restore their self-esteem;
- to have participants to create goals for their lives and inspire them to go after them;
- to have participants examine their own habits of self sabotage and share techniques for breaking them;
- to challenge participants to question their limiting beliefs of self and their future prospects;
- to demonstrate to participants how to build character by observing universal principles and values;
- to teach participants how to change their negative language towards themselves and others;
- to help participants to form new meaning about their personal potential to achieve anything regardless of where they are born;
- improve their chances of employment, continuing education, micro-enterprise or other wealth creation mechanisms.
Career and Personal Development Training was conducted for six (6) weeks during the period January to March 2011 in the three (3) participating communities.