Community Violence Prevention in Jamaica
Funded under the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative, Democracy International’s multiyear Community Violence Prevention (CVP) project in Jamaica is designed to support families to prevent youth violence and to develop pathway programs for youth at risk of violence. DI is strengthening existing USAID and Government of Jamaica endeavors and creating new opportunities for promoting community-based partnerships to prevent youth violence and support citizen security. DI’s interventions prioritize leveraging and coordinating existing community violence prevention resources in Jamaica, supporting local initiatives and strengths using cutting-edge social and behavior science approaches, and encouraging Jamaican-led, Jamaican-owned activities.
Using a Positive Youth Development approach, CVP focuses on interventions with youth—who are most susceptible to becoming involved in criminality and violence—and their families to build emotional resilience, invaluable life skills, and economic opportunities. In addition, by drawing on innovative social and behavioral science, CVP supports families, youth, and communities to take simple, effective actions for lasting behavior change. The CVP project directly supports USAID in creating successful interventions targeting youth crime and violence prevention and works to enhance institutions’ effective responses to crime and violence in Jamaica.