Need: In need of training for at-risk teen girls in The Bahamas.
Resilience Girls Empowerment Program was designed specifically to help at-risk and disadvantaged pre-teen and teenaged girls, to build and maintain positive self-esteem.
Youth at risk who do not gain access to an appropriate and effective program run the risk of traveling further down the path of deviant behavior. Some may distance themselves so much from family, school, and the mainstream community that traditional methods will no longer be effective. More serious intervention is then required.
We were compelled intervene after reading the report, ‘The Situation of Youth in the Bahamas’, Social Specialist, Dr. Lorraine Blank with the Inter-American Development Bank [IDB], which was designed to update and integrate existing background information regarding the socio-economic situations affecting the youngest citizens of the country.
"Many children grow up without proper care and guidance from their parents," the report found As evidence of that, researcher Dr. Lorraine Blank concluded from local data and statistics that 36 percent of students complained that someone in their household had emotionally or verbally abused them; 22 percent said they were the victims of physical abuse from a resident of their home and 12 percent alleged that an occupant had sexually abused them.”
The IDB report said teenage pregnancy continues to be a matter of concern in
The Bahamas. Six percent of adolescent girls between the ages of 10 and 19
reported being pregnant at least once.
The bigger concern here is that these youth at risk can end up in one of three places; hospitalized, social services, or the courts. Youth at risk whose deviant behavior patterns go unchecked are likely to become dysfunctional citizens.
All youth at risk deserve a chance to get back on track. We have the passion needed and experience to help our nations’ girls. However, this commission cannot be accomplish alone. Therefore, it is necessary to entreat you to answer their cry for help by contributing financial support. Let us reach out to the ones in need of guidance, direction and love.