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Equip 200 Jamaican Youth to Combat Climate Change

by ACDI/VOCA
Equip 200 Jamaican Youth to Combat Climate Change
Equip 200 Jamaican Youth to Combat Climate Change
Equip 200 Jamaican Youth to Combat Climate Change
Equip 200 Jamaican Youth to Combat Climate Change
Equip 200 Jamaican Youth to Combat Climate Change
Equip 200 Jamaican Youth to Combat Climate Change
Equip 200 Jamaican Youth to Combat Climate Change
Equip 200 Jamaican Youth to Combat Climate Change
Equip 200 Jamaican Youth to Combat Climate Change
Equip 200 Jamaican Youth to Combat Climate Change
Equip 200 Jamaican Youth to Combat Climate Change
Equip 200 Jamaican Youth to Combat Climate Change
Equip 200 Jamaican Youth to Combat Climate Change
Equip 200 Jamaican Youth to Combat Climate Change
Equip 200 Jamaican Youth to Combat Climate Change
Equip 200 Jamaican Youth to Combat Climate Change
Making crafts
Making crafts

Dear Friends of ACDI/VOCA:

Thank you again for making Climate Camp 2017 a reality!  With your generous support, Jamaican youth have been empowered to make a difference in their local communities.

Here is a final report summarizing Climate Camp’s highlights and impact:  

Objectives

Climate Camp aspired to: 

- Create an interactive learning experience for Jamaican youth that would facilitate an increase in climate change knowledge

- Influence behavior change towards building resilience

- Foster climate change awareness among Jamaican youth

- Share information on the impact and issues related to climate change

- Stimulate climate change advocacy among Jamaican youth

Theme

Climate Camp’s theme was “I am the Change in Climate Change.”  It was introduced to campers at the beginning of the Kingston and Portland programs.  Following a week of activities—that included presentations, discussions, crafts, and games--campers were able to understand that transformation of their communities starts with them changing their own behavior and then promoting behavior change in others.  

Outcomes 

While focusing on Jamaican youth ages 8-17, Climate Camp was able to achieve three key outcomes: (1) increased awareness of climate change issues among participants; (2) creation of a group of strong climate change advocates; and (3) increased capacity/developed capacity of communities to address climate related challenges.  Each outcome is described below.

Increased awareness of climate change issues among participants

A number of topics relating to climate change were covered during each week.  The curriculum addressed definitions, causes, evidence, and impacts, as well as responses, mitigation and adaptation.  There was also in-depth focus on water and the protection of water sources, the importance of trees and forests, the need to reduce, reuse, and recycle, the importance of effective solid waste management, energy conservation and renewable energy, and advocacy. 

According to one camper: “Climate Camp was very informative…we learnt how our activities as humans affect the environment, and how different greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and methane cause the earth to get warmer.” 

Creation of a group of strong climate change advocates

Climate Camp provided an opportunity for Jamaican youth to believe they had the ability to make a difference in the public arena.  Campers prepared letters to Jamaican public officials, including the prime minister, urging them to take action on climate change.  The experience showed campers that they can help influence climate change policy. 

As noted by a volunteer youth advisor:”…I thought it was a great initiative for the kids as I think it’s extremely important to involve everyone in this movement and involving these children and showing them fun and creative ways to be innovative in combating climate change, they will better appreciate it and will be willing to try to help the earth in any way that they can.”

Increased capacity/developed capacity of communities to address climate related challenges

By providing them the knowledge and tools on how on how to respond to climate related challenges, campers were empowered to act.  In fact, some have already taken action to apply what they learned. 

As one camper described: "[Climate Camp] helped me to have a better understanding of what is right for us to do to help the earth...I started sharing what I've learnt [with my youth group] and we have decided to aim higher than just us...we started handing out [flyers within the community]."  

Key Numbers 

The breadth of Climate Camp’s impact can be seen with the following numbers: 

2…number of camps held (Kingston and Portland)

10…total number of camp days, both locations

38…number of facilitators and presenters

48…number of youth advisors

100+…number of hours for training and activities

200+…number of those who attended 90 percent of sessions

339…number of those who attended one or more camp sessions

500…number of trees distributed for planting 

Partnerships Forged 

Climate Camp was also made possible by the generous financial and in-kind (e.g. venue, volunteers, presenters, communications materials) contributions of these organizations: 

· National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA)

· Jamaica 4H Club (Jamaica 4H)

· Water Resources Authority

· National Youth Service (NYS)

· Grace Kennedy Limited

· Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS)

· Forestry Department

· Jamaica Library Service (JLS)

· Portland Parish Council

· Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA)

· Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ)

According to a JLS representative: “Overall [Climate Camp] was a success and the concept was really good.  Of note was the fact that the resources provided were very good…children were empowered to be more conscious of their current choices and its impact on their future.  The feedback from the children was very good and the parents also appreciated the knowledge that was imparted to their children.”

Craft display
Craft display
A camper's letter to a public official
A camper's letter to a public official
Closing ceremonies
Closing ceremonies
Volunteers
Volunteers
Climate Camp 2017 Certificates
Climate Camp 2017 Certificates
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Kingston & St. Andrews Parish kick-off
Kingston & St. Andrews Parish kick-off

Dear Friends of ACDI/VOCA:

Thanks to you, Climate Camp not only proved successful but exceeded expectations! Indeed, what was initially planned as a one-day camp that then transitioned into a five-day training, became an event with weeklong sessions in two locations in Jamaica attended by several hundred youth.

The credit for expanding the scope of the original project—and making Climate Camp available to more Jamaican youth--goes to:

  • ACDI/VOCA staff in Jamaica for their energy, enthusiasm, and willingness to take a great idea, and share it with more young people for even greater impact;
  • The Jamaica Library Service for making both the Kingston & St. Andrews Parish and Portland Parish libraries available;
  • Jamaica’s National Environment and Planning Agency, the JPS Foundation (philanthropic arm of the Jamaica Public Service Company), the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, and the Water Resources Authority of Jamaica for actively supporting Climate Camp;
  • and, the many individual volunteers who gave freely of their time to ensure Climate Camp’s efficient operation

Climate Camp ran July 10th through July 14th in Kingston & St. Andrews Parish, and in Portland Parish, July 17th through July 21st.  Here are highlights and photos from each week:

Kingston & St. Andrews Parish (7/10-7/14)

Campers began the week with arts and crafts depicting the effects of climate change, followed by a series of games, interactive discussion, and special presentations. A busy week ended with tree planting exercises assisted by representatives of the National Environment and Planning Agency’s Forestry Department, and the JPS Foundation.

Portland Parish (7/17-7/21)

The second week of Climate Camp was just as busy as the first, starting with a presentation by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica to campers on renewable energy. Midweek, the younger campers created a special “Climate Camp Tree,” with leaves featuring terms relating to climate change and global warming.  As with the previous week in Kingston & St. Andrews Parish, the week in Portland Parish concluded with the planting of trees by campers.

With Climate Camp behind them, campers can reflect upon their experiences and what they learned, and know they can be “the change in climate change” in their communities.

"I am the change in climate change"
"I am the change in climate change"
Week 1 Discussion
Week 1 Discussion
Climate Camp Tree
Climate Camp Tree
Week 2 Presentation
Week 2 Presentation
Portland Parish Tree Planting
Portland Parish Tree Planting
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Dear Friends of ACDI/VOCA:

Planning for the Climate Camp project has been proceeding in earnest since our last report to you!

Worth mentioning upfront is that what was initially proposed as a one-day training of 200 Jamaican youth to help their local communities better manage climate change’s effects recently became a weeklong series of more focused activities.  

The change to a full week of training was made possible with the help of the Jamaica Library Service in partnership with ACDI/VOCA’s team in Jamaica.  Now Climate Camp will be held July 10-14, 2017—five hours daily—from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Library, Tom Redcam Drive, Kingston.

According to our team in Jamaica, a one week program made more logistical sense for the attendees, their parents and local volunteers.  In addition, the host library can contribute a range of additional support services that will result in much deeper engagement by attendees.  

Importantly, this change to a weeklong camp can easily be managed with the same $10,000 budget given the library’s involvement.  

We are pleased to share with you the latest Climate Camp developments, and thank you again for support and continued interest!

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Jadan Johnson wants to help his community
Jadan Johnson wants to help his community

Dear Friends of ACDI/VOCA:

Your generous support of our GlobalGiving campaign will make it possible for 200 Jamaican youth between the ages of 8–17 to help their communities manage the effects of climate change!

With your help, ACDI/VOCA staff at headquarters and in Jamaica are busy preparing for a successful and impactful one-day Climate Camp in Kingston this July. Recently, Climate Camp staff met to develop a comprehensive and dynamic curriculum, identify a venue, and make logistical plans for a smooth event.

It’s worth noting that staff are also reaching out to local companies to engage their employees as volunteers. Climate Camp attendees will gain from the perspectives of professionals whose work involves climate change management, and participating companies benefit from recognition as committed corporate partners in their communities.

As operational details firm up, there is growing excitement among Jamaican youth for the Climate Camp. Jadan Johnson, a participant in the 2015 Youth Climate Change Conference managed by ACDI/VOCA, expects great things from the camp: "I would hope not to only learn about climate change but to do something that can help to combat climate change. For me, I’m very techy so [I want to] apply robotics and create mini wind turbines and solar-powered tech. I hope it’s hands-on, like a change maker camp, [including] challenges from planting 100 trees to building stuff and even crafting advocacy campaigns that tap into our generation.”

Please stay tuned for more details on the Climate Camp in the coming months. And thank you again for your support of this important initiative as we look to empower a new generation in the fight against climate change.

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