The Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation (WCJF) will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary on January 2018. We are excited to use this time to reflect on our accomplishments and reaffirm our commitment for the future.
The Foundation was established on January 1978, and to date, over 46,000 adolescent mothers have enrolled in our Programme for Adolescent Mothers (PAM) – which provides continuing education for girls 17 years and under, who drop out of school due to pregnancy.
Although many of us do not think about it on a daily basis, but having a high school diploma is essentially a passport to opportunity! A high school diploma does not simply give one greater access to colleges and universities, but also leads to a greater chance of finding employment and stable housing. In addition, it decreases the chance of being in poverty and having poor developmental outcomes for the child of the dropout – which tends to have a generational effect. The WCJF is an organization that empowers adolescent mothers to complete their high school education.
The struggle is real, and it’s a given that adolescent mothers face some extraordinary trials that require community-wide commitment and support. The WCJF have been able to implement new approaches to problems associated with some of the major challenges of adolescent pregnancy. Therefore, our 40th Anniversary will reflect on all our developments that have made a major impact on Jamaica, as well as recognize the passionate people who have made a commitment to ensuring the WCJF’s success.
The 40th Anniversary celebrations will include (but not limited to), throughout the year:
- The WCJF 40th Anniversary Church Service
- The launch of the new WCJF Website
- Teacher’s Forum
- Lecture Series
- WCJF Documentary
- Long Service Awards
- Charity Ball
- Health Fair on Adolescent Health