Boys’ Town was established in 1940, in partnership by The Government of Jamaica, Kingston YMCA and the Jamaica Methodist Church. Working at both the local and national level around issues of social development such as youth empowerment, and good governance, Boys’ Town is a strong example of good partnership in practice between government and civil society.
Currently, Boys’ Town reaches persons in Trench Town and Denham Town and meets it’s mission and development goals through serving its target population through a plethora of services, programs and initiatives. Boys’ Town interacts with communities at the grassroots level through initiatives, programs and cultural and sports activities that provide: access to early childhood and also All-age levels education, Sports Clubs and access to a Vocational Training Centre. Boys’ Town works to empower youth, reaching them through life-skills and employability training opportunities and fostering mentorship through promoting positive role models. Together, these interventions collectively reinforce their motto ‘We Build’, through building on the life and employability skills of participants and specific to youth, fostering an environment that assists inner-city youth to become good citizens.
Boys’ Town is still recognized as a project of the Government of Jamaica under Kingston YMCA Management.
“To continue to provide opportunities to youth through education, training and social action”.
“To empower people and communities and contribute to nation-building through development of human potential and training in responsible citizenship.”