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Jul 25, 2014

A camp for at-risk youths

There was another camp taking place, but outside the city where at risk youths were engaged in various activities. News Five’s Isani Cayetano files a report.

 

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

At the Youth Hostel this morning, a summer camp for at risk teens concluded after several weeks of training in various disciplines.  Among the many subjects taught are life skills, prerequisites they all need as they prepare for adulthood.  A majority of the youths who enrolled in the program have passed through the court system.

 

Dajion Staine, Participant

“I really learn to mek, like fi make a decision on things weh I wahn do and fi control my anger and thing.”

 

Isani Cayetano

Dajion Staine

“How important are those life lessons to you at this point?”

 

Dajion Staine

“Well right now ih play wahn very important role because I’m becoming a teenager and out soh right now, things kinda up and down right now, lotta thing di go ahn dah city and thing so I haffu try learn something and tek een something before something happen.  I haffu tek leadership.”

 

According to Naomi Smith, a participant of the camp, the experience was unique, particularly because she learned how to play a traditional instrument imported from African music.

 

Naomi Smith

Naomi Smith, Participant

“Well for me the experience of being part of this summer program, it was complicated dealing with different personalities but nevertheless I enjoyed it and learned new stuff.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“What are some of the things that you learned?”

 

Naomi Smith

“I learned to beat the African drum and how to keep violence out of my life and making positive decisions.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“What was it like being able to be around this many kids who are also taking part in the program, in terms of either developing friendships or learning from each other?”

 

Naomi Smith

“It wasn’t that complicated because I’ve been dealing with them for about two years now and I’ve been around them enough to know their personalities and whatever they are able to do.”

 

For Herman Solis, the summer course was about becoming computer literate.

 

Herman Solis

Herman Solis, Participant

“To be honest I neva really know bout computers like dat but dehn teach mi and so I learn. I just wahn learn more, take in more, help my myself ina life, help my ma and everybody else.”

 

The annual summer camp also saw the participation of kids from the Hattieville and Gracie Rock communities, as well as youths from the hostel. Isani Cayetano for News Five.

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