Grange announces interventions for adolescent fathers

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, has announced a new programme —Young Fathers Jamaica Initiative —to assist adolescent fathers to “live up to their responsibilities.”

Grange made the announced in her message to mark International Men's Day which is being observed today under the theme “Building Strong Men through Health and Wellness: Balance di ting”.

She said the new programme, designed to “assist adolescent fathers to become outstanding dads”, will be implemented by the Women's Centre Foundation of Jamaica which also runs a programme for adolescent mothers.

Grange also announced the start of the #MentorMe2020 programme which will target at-risk young men.

According to Grange #MentorMe2020, which is to be led by the Bureau of Gender Affairs, will see “outstanding men helping high school boys become outstanding and balanced men of the future”.

She said her ministry will be leading targeted interventions across the country to address some of the health and wellness issues that men face every day.

“Every day men across Jamaica make tremendous sacrifices for their families, our communities and our nation. Today, we acknowledge all that you do for us and express our gratitude,” Grange said.

“But we know that in your quest to ensure that the rest of us are okay, you often times don't pay enough attention to your own wellbeing; and that is why for this year's celebration we focus on building strong men through health and wellness to balance di ting,” the minister added.

Grange noted that among the activities to mark International Men's Day is a conference focussing on mental health and wellness at the Jamaica Conference Centre beginning at 9:00 am.


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