Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) Launches Project to Transform Communities

The Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) on Monday launched a planned five-year social transformation and renewal program at a cost of two billion dollars (one Jamaican dollar = 0.008 euro cents).

The PSOJ said “Project STAR”, which will benefit residents of 20 communities, is being undertaken in conjunction with the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

“The STAR Project was born out of a sincere belief that positive change is always possible – and that every Jamaican community can thrive if given the right resources,” said Keith Duncan, co-chair of the initiative and president of PSOJ.

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“It will take a whole-of-society approach, but the goal is the social and economic transformation of target communities, driven by a change in mindset, and achieved through a series of personalized empowerment activities. of the community,” Duncan added.

The deployment of Project STAR will begin in September in downtown Kingston.

In an effort to ensure the project is evidence-based, organizers said they are collaborating with researcher Dr Deanna Ashley of the Violence Prevention Alliance, an analysis consultancy ALPHA project.

“In addition to having a strong learning framework guided by Dr. Nadiya Figueroa, the STAR project will benefit the PSOJ by leveraging its management expertise and resources,” added the PSOJ.

The project was started by Duncan and will be managed by social development veteran Saffrey Brown, former chief executive of the National Foundation of Jamaica and outgoing chairman of the Voluntary Social Services Council.

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Aubrey L. Morgan