Since its inception in 1989, Children First has:

  • Maintained successful, low cost programmes integrating social welfare and education, for children and families in urgent need
  • Reduced the number of children on the street and involved in child labour
  • Published ground breaking research on dire challenges facing thousands of adolescents struggling for survival
  • Placed and monitored children in primary, secondary , vocational and tertiary institutions
  • Secured scholarships for Children First graduates to attend universities in the U.S.
  • Created job opportunities for youngsters through training in barbering, cosmetology, photography, videography, information technology and the performing arts.
  • Providing training and job opportunities for parents resulting in the formation of the “Parents in Action” which now trains other civic and community groups.
  • Established an award-winning performing arts youth group which also conducts personal development sessions for youths.
  • Conducted youth advocacy campaigns and community education programmes focusing on child rights, child abuse, health and environmental sessions.
  • Received the Press Association of Jamaica’s 1998 Award for Excellence in Community Development.
  • Represented Jamaica at the UNICEF “Right to Know” Good Practices Seminar in New York in 2003.
  • In 2006 at the plenary session of the International AIDS conference held in Toronto, Canada, the project captured “The Young Investigator Prize: Women, Girls and HIV/Aids” award for its Bashy Bus Project baseline research.
  • Selected by the PIOJ and GOJ as the “model agency/project” that was showcased at the Annual Ministerial Review and Innovation Fair in Geneva Switzerland on July 6-8, 2009. This was based on the Agency’s work in contributing significantly to Jamaica progressing towards meeting the MDG’s and other internationally agreed development goals
  • The Bashy Bus Evaluation Abstract was selected and presented at the 2010 International AIDS conference in Vienna, Austria
  • A finalist for the Michael Manley 2010 Community Resilience Award
  • The Environmental Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ) Award August 2010, for its outstanding programme in St. Catherine and other parishes.
  • Received the Prime Minister’s Organisation Youth Service Award January 23, 2011.
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