Tuesday 21 August, 2018

Thousands of young men to spend Father’s day with ‘adopted dads’

Photo via iStock

Photo via iStock

About 3,000 young men, aged 15 to 25, will get a chance to spend time with hundreds of ‘adopted fathers’ at a special event dubbed “Meet A Father, Change a Life” to be held on Sunday, June 17 at the National Arena, beginning 11 a.m.

They will be transported free of cost by JUTC from inner-city communities throughout Kingston and St. Catherine for a day of football, fun, food, entertainment and mentorship, provided by father figures from the church, civil society and Corporate Jamaica. 

The fathers will make themselves available on location to share, guide and listen to the dreams and aspirations of the young men. 

During the day too, the young men will be able to interact with representatives of such agencies and organisations as JDF Recruitment Unit, The Ministry of Justice, the Registrar General’s Department, Caribbean Maritime University and HEART Trust NTA.

Entertainment will be provided by Kevin Downswell, Rondell Positive, Ity, Blacka and Dunamis.

This Father’s Day experience was born out of a prayer group, comprising men from various denominations who have been meeting every Tuesday morning over the past 15 years for prayer and Bible study.  The event, however, is being organised in collaboration with Men’s Bible Study Group Limited, the Umbrella Group of Churches, Operation Save Jamaica and Choose Life International.

“This event is meant to offer the young men job and personal development opportunities.   Jamaica faces a grim future, as scores of our young men continue to operate in a society without proper guidance, direction and support. Therefore, we pray that this intervention will change the lives of the participants, their families and communities,“ said Daren Lawrence, a member of the planning committee. 

“We are amazed at  the unbelievable  level of support we have received from Corporate Jamaica and government agencies for this project,” he continued.