The Child Resiliency Programme | Violence Prevention Alliance | Kingston, Jamaica Telephone:(876) 631-0352
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We are a team of professionals and volunteers consisting of doctors, teachers, counselors, pastors, dietary and fitness consultants, clinical psychologists and adolescent advisers. All members of the team are Christians who believe that any child's success includes caring for the mind, body and soul.

Organizational Structure:

Current Team Profiles


Dr. Kim Scott (Programme Director)

Dr. Scott is an Adolescent Health and Development consultant who completed her Bachelors in Human Biology and Psychology at the University of Toronto, Canada and her Medical degree at The University of the West Indies, Jamaica. After working in medical private practice and adolescent clinics she went on to do her Masters in Public Health where she focused on the behavioral and emotional health of adolescents. She has worked in the field of adolescent health and development and parenting for over a decade including conducting adolescent resiliency research and the writing and delivery of parent training curriculums.  She is a member of the Medical Association of Jamaica, (MAJ), Association of General Practioners (GPA), International Association for Adolescent Health and the Society for Adolescent Medicine (SAM).

She conceptualized and developed the programme in January 2006 out of a special love for the disadvantaged pre and young adolescent and their positive development.

Marilyn Lee, (Programme Assistant/ Administrative Director)

Marilyn is a first class honors graduate of the University of the West Indies, in the field of Natural Sciences, majoring in Chemistry. She has worked locally and abroad in the field of Research and Development and Quality Assurance. At the turn of the century, she made a change in her career and accepted the post of project manager for the Adolescent Reproductive Health project at the Ministry of Health, where she met and worked closely with Dr. Scott on all aspects of Adolescent Health programming including the publication “Youth Rising”.  She is the mother of three children and gives her volunteer support to the National Children‘s Home, and the Violence Prevention Alliance. She is known to the programme as the “jack of all trades” and has been instrumental in its development since its birth.

Delano Campbell

Delano Campbell, youth leader and community activist . He has been at Boys Town since birth, came through the system of Boys Town basic school onto Boys Town Primary then moved to Calabar High school, after GSAT exams ( there was no Boys Town High). Since graduating from Calabar High, he returned and has served in several different capacities at Boys Town: PRO for the Football Club , Chairman of the youth council , Member on the school board, President of the youth club coach at all levels: U13, U15, U17 and U20, a facilitator in the 15- 18 youth school program sponsored by the Canadian High Commission and JFLL. He is currently serving as the Coordinator of The Child Resiliency Programme.

Sheena Hulary- Copeland

Aunty Sheena is the assistant coordinator for the Child Resiliency Programme at Boys Town. She also serves here in the capacity as Parenting/Family Support Facilitator. She is currently a practicing guidance counsellor at a primary school in Western Kingston. She has a teaching diploma and a BSc. in Guidance and Counselling from the Mico University College and is now pursuing a Masters degree in Educational administration at the University of the West Indies. She is the coordinator for the mother's union parenting programme in KSA under the Anglican diocese of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. Aunty Sheena brings her energy and enthusiasm to the programme as she works to bring about behavioural change in both children and parents in difficult circumstances.

Delroy Simmonds - (Farewell may your soul rest in peace)

Coordinator of the Child Resiliency Programme at Boys Town. He has been volunteering there for 25 years and in the past 7 years has been in the position of Operations Manager. In this capacity he has managed multiple local and overseas projects serving the surrounding communities of Boys Town. Uncle Delroy graduated from Clarendon College. He is like a father to many children at Boys Town but has 2 of his own children. He enjoys reading and sports in his recreational time

Paul G.J. Messam

Coordinator of the Child Resiliency Programme at the YMCA.
Uncle Paul is a trained Teacher, Counsellor, Sunday School Supt, and Motivational speaker, whose aim is to transform lives in a positive way to reach their full potential. This is done through himself having good values and attitude and being a role model worthy of emulation by children, youths and parents in his communities. He assists with the spiritual and psychosocial development of both the children and their parents in the programme, relying heavily on his own faith in God.

Shawn Coke

Uncle Shawn is the assistant coordinator for the Child Resiliency Programme at the YMCA and also delivers life skills training activities to the children during “circle time”. He is currently completing a major in Community Development and minor in psychology at the International University of the Caribbean. He has been an active community development volunteer since 2008 as President of the St. Catherine Parish Youth Council for 3 years and president of the West Prospect united Youth Club (WPUYC). In this capacity he co-founded the Friendly Intervention, Recreational, Self Awareness and Transformation (FIRST) programme of West Prospect. He has taught English Language, human and Social Biology as well as Social Studies at various institutions and hosted several community empowerment events. He has been involved in training over 120 youth leaders in St Catherine as part of the Jamaica 50 efforts. He is also Co-founder of the Fletcher's Land CXC and Home Work Programme and the Brotherhood Development Group of IUC.

Uncle Shawn loves to educate and teach and has a passion for community action that's geared towards human development.

Georgette Gardener

Coordinator of the Child Resiliency Programme for Falmouth

Aunty Georgette is mother of a son who inspires and motivates her daily. She is a team player who loves to play all sports.
She is presently a police officer and serves the Trelawny division from the Community Safety and Security division. She loves what she does as the CRP Coordinator and in her role as police officer because she is able to relate to young people allowing them to see her as an example and helping them to see that they can make it through ,no matter how difficult their circumstances.
She is currently pursuing a BA degree in Psychology at the International University of the Caribbean, Falmouth, Trelawny and is working toward being a sports psychologist.

Judy-Ann Reid-Gordon

Aunty Judy is the assistant coordinator for the Child Resiliency Programme for Falmouth.

​Aunty Judy has been the ​Guidance Counselor at Falmouth All Age School for the past 15yrs. ​She is a mother and enjoy​s ​shopping and listening to music​.

Judith Taylor

Aunty Judy is currently responsible for Monitoring and Evaluation of the Child Resiliency Programme.

Her greatest vocation is parenting her sons, Phillip and Joshua Taylor. She is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, Literature & Sociology; and post graduate diplomas in Public Relations and Human Resource Management. She has over 20 years' working experience in these areas and as an Administrator at companies such as National Commercial Bank, Business Management Ltd., Ministry of Health, the United Nations and the Caribbean Examinations Council.

Aunty Judy has worked in market research and monitoring and evaluation for 4 years. She considers herself blessed to experience ‘the promise’ in these children bloom and reflect hope for Jamaica’s future…priceless!

 

Team profiles of original team who began the program in 2006


Mrs. Marva Green (Academic support)

Mrs. Marva Green is the Academic Support Coordinator of the Child Resiliency Programme.  She is a retired educator and administrator who graduated from UWI and Micos Teacher College and has spent many years teaching in schools. She is one of a team of authors of Carlong Caribbean publishers, involved in the production and publication of several Ministry of Education Textbooks.  She served as Senior Administrator at UWI for several years and has been actively involved in UWI’s Mentorship Programme. She is currently an elder at Hope United Church, a member of the Outreach and Care ministry, Hope Area Churches Organization and the Lions Club International in Jamaica. She has recently received a long service award for her service to Boys and Girls Championships as an athletic official. Aunty Marva is known to the programme as one of the calm, quiet pillars of strength. She consistently works to creatively build on the academic skills of the referred behaviorally and academically challenged children.

Mrs. Junie Goulbourne (Life Skills Training and Mentorship)

Mrs. Goulbourne is a trained teacher who completed a BA in Guidance and Counseling and a Masters in Counseling Psychology. She has spent over 20 years working in schools in the capacity of teacher and guidance counselor and since 2002 has been a lecturer in the Guidance and Counseling Division of the Mico University College . Since the inception of the program she has committed herself wholeheartedly to delivering life skills training activities and mentorship for those children referred.

She is a member of Hope United Church and is chairperson of the children and youth committee.

Dr. Beverly McKenzie (Parenting and Family Support)

Dr. McKenzie graduated from Shortwood Teachers' College with a diploma in teaching. She migrated to the U.S.A. where she obtained a B.A. in Nutrition, a M.Sc. in Guidance and Counseling and a Doctorate in Education. Dr. McKenzie has taught in elementary and High Schools in Jamaica, Day Care Centers and Middle Schools in New York City and was a guidance counselor for 20 years in Middle and High Schools in New York City. She returned to Jamaica in 2005 and currently lectures in Career Development and trains teachers.

She is responsible for counseling the children, parents/families referred to the programme as well as planning and facilitating the parent training workshops. She is the director of the Children and Youth Ministry at Hope United Church.

Mrs. Beryl Chevannes, O.D. (Monitoring and Evaluation)

Mrs. Beryl Chevannes is a graduate of the University of the West Indies Mona Campus having completed among other things the Certificates in Family Life Education, Management Studies, and Advanced Nursing Education, and a B.Sc. Public Administration at the University after gaining a Registered Nurse and Midwifery Diploma.

Professionally, Mrs. Chevannes has served as the Executive Director of the National Family Planning Board, as a Consultant Training Administrator, for the Jamaica Population & Health Projects sponsored by the World Bank, and as a Training Coordinator for USAID, as the Assistant Director, Nursing Education and Principal Midwifery Tutor, UHWI, as a Lecturer, University of the West Indies Distance Teaching Experiment UWIDITE) & Fertility Management Unit., as a Lecturer, Maternal & Child Health Diploma Course, for the Department of Social & Preventive Medicine, UWI and as an External Examiner for the Nursing & Midwifery Council, Nassau, Bahamas .

She has represented the Government and people of Jamaica on several occasions,  as a Specialist in  Reproductive Health to the International Population Conference in Cairo Egypt in 1994 and 1995, the Commission on the status of Women, Beijing in 1995 and 2000, United Nations, New York, and the preparatory conferences in Latin America and the Caribbean. Beryl is currently responsible for monitoring and evaluation.



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