INTER-COMMUNITY YOUTH PROJECT
In the summer of 2011, in collaboration with the Dominican Sisters of Peace (Columbus, Ohio), we launched an inter-community youth project that brought youth from the Riverton community together with youth from the community of White Wing. The goal of the project is to break down barriers between communities, and to create more peaceful relationships. The four-day training was held in Dupont Primary School and involved topics such as identity, team-building, and communication skills. On the second day, inter-community groups were formed and their task was to walk through the White Wing community to determine what was needed to improve the lives of the residents. As a group, they had to come up with a proposal and pitch it to the entire group who would then decide which project they would like to undertake. In the up-coming weeks, youth from both communities will help to actually implement the project. Later, the White Wing youth will be invited to Riverton and they will reciprocate with a community project there. Over 45 youth attended the program and their feedback was very positive.
The combined White Wing and Riverton youth groups will continue to meet under the leadership of Tommy Howell and Junior Rowe.
Our goal is to identify a strong inter-community team from this project who will continue this project with other communities in the Kingston area.
Paulina Pinzon (SCB team member) and “Identity” picture
Colin working on identity picture
Inter-community youth program – summer 2011 (Riverton and White Wing)