Strategic Direction:

In 2006 CJPS made the strategic decision to move away from a ‘service delivery approach’ to become a ‘community facilitating agency’. This means reducing direct provision of material support to beneficiaries and instead working to strengthen youth and community structures so they can better manage their development process. The strategic change process is outlined in CJPS’s five year Strategic Plan which has four thematic focuses:

Income Poverty: promoting vocational, market-oriented skills training through a master artisan approach. Projected Beneficiaries: children working on the streets (14-18), children reunified by Don Bosco Homes within Kakata, Gbarnga and Ganta (15-18), or young people with physical disabilities (15-30) earning equal to or less than the government-set daily minimum wage (18 month training cycle), abuse girls.

HIV/AIDS: promoting awareness of HIV/AIDS through youth Stepping Stones groups, school clubs, community radio broadcasts drama and advocacy for access to, and expansion of, youth-friendly services. Projected Beneficiaries: children, young men, young women, older men, older women.

Social Exclusion of Youth: building the capacity of youth groups to participate effectively in community decision-making, advocate for youth concerns, and improve perceptions of youth; strengthening radio stations to increase their role in facilitating access to information. Projected Beneficiaries: approximately 30 youth groups through 3 County-based youth networks (Secretariats), independent community radio stations in Kakata, Gbarnga an Ganta.

Violence and Trauma amongst Youth: community-based HAL trauma counseling services will be established, and traditional conflict resolution skills will be strengthened so that youths are better equipped to respond to conflict, reducing youth-related violence and increasing youth contributions to conflict resolution and prevention. Projected Beneficiaries: traumatized community members, in school youths. As a result of the successful strategic plan and it implementation and learning, CJPS has incorporated and attracted other partners in the areas of conservation and or community forestry, advocacy for community people particularly adolescent girls and children, marketable career skills development for abuse girls and conflict transformation through the application and modification of traditional methods of conflict management among others. These are being articulated in CJPS’s new strategic plan (2013-2017).