The Advancement of Children Foundation (ACF) is happy to announce that they have just approved and funded three worthwhile community projects in St. Kitts-Nevis at a presentation ceremony held on December 10th 2015 at St. Kitts Marriott Resort. The three receiving projects, St. Kitts Society for the Blind, UWI/Teen Vacation Program and CaribbeanReads were each presented with a check by ACF’s Chair, Ms. Naeemah Hazelle.
The third presentation was to Mrs. Cecily Jacobs on behalf of UWI’s Teen Vacation Program 2015. A program held each year to give the Federation’s youth positive avenues to express themselves while building self-esteem in a safe environment. The TVP program was developed in 2011 by Psychologist and Counsellor Zahra Jacobs. This year the program was attended by 25 young people, ranging in age from 12-16 years, who participated in activities that focused on whole child development through arts, academic enrichment and physical exercise while being introduced to public speaking, yoga, self-defense, formal dance and money management, thereby instilling the concept of networking and mentoring. A summary report of the 2016 TVP programme can be obtained from UWI’s Open Campus. The programme was facilitated by Sharon Gittens Quick and assisted by Mr. Tevin Phillip and TVP Graduate, Miss Juanita Richardson.
The handing-over presentations was attended by ACF’s Board of Councilors, President Tuffida Stewart (Rotary Club of Liamuiga) and President Bobby Morris (Rotary Club of St. Kitts).
The ACF is committed to creating environments that are conducive to learning, growth and contribution, replete with community and family support, and free of violent and negative coercive forces. Its vision is to reverse the trend of rising violence and antisocial behavior among the youths and build a culture of healthy and meaningful contribution to the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis.