‘Track on Streets’ making a difference in Allman Town
Winners of the Inner-city Quiz Competition show off their trophy.
Inspired to be the change in his community, Kevaughn Ellis started a charity in his community of Allman Town, an inner-city community situated in Kingston.
The youth-led charity called the Inner-city Development Youth Association (IDYA) hosts several activities geared towards community cohesion in and around Allman Town.
One of the initiatives that have been implemented is the ‘Track on Streets’. This is a back-to-school sports day, which is held on the main street in Allman Town, where all children who participate are given back-to-school materials and scholarship opportunities.
Now in its sixth staging, Ellis said that it has become a staple event in the community attracting the support of community members and businesses in the community.
“Our mantra is "roadblock without a load Glock”, so every year we block the road and the children compete,” he shared with committee members of the Violence Prevention Alliance (VPA) where he was the guest speaker, recently.
He said the event included potato and math races. He further added that the event was becoming increasingly popular as persons from as far as Manchester attended the event to compete. The last staging of the event attracted as much as 200 patrons. This year’s staging is set for August 24, 2019.
The association also has another major initiative, which is an inner-city quiz competition where children from Allman Town compete with other children from nearby communities such as Denham Town, Tivoli Gardens and Trench Town.
Ellis said the quiz competition has had a positive effect on the participants, who are usually grade six students sitting the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), now the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) examinations. These students usually passed for traditional high schools such as St. George’s College, Wolmer’s Girls, Holy Childhood High School and Excelsior High School.
“The programme really helps because they start to study long before GSAT and what we do is, give them questions that they are likely to get in GSAT. This has helped in their preparations for the exams,” he said.
The association is made up of 16 young persons and is supported through dues from the members. Meanwhile, the initiatives are financially supported by young people from the community and local businesses. These small community-based initiatives have supported several underprivileged youths to attend school through the provision of scholarships.