Jong Bonaire after-school program for teens
Jong Bonaire is an after-school program for teenagers which has been in operation since 1999, providing a safe, structured environment for the island’s high school students. Building self-esteem, self-confidence and self-discipline are three important goals of Jong Bonaire. Activities at Jong Bonaire include help with homework, computers, sports, drama, community involvement, drug prevention, arts and crafts, music and many others. Papiamentu is the working language of the center.
The scuba diving certification program is just one activity that helps prepare teens for job opportunities in the Bonaire economy. Another group is learning about nutrition and how to prepare food. Other members are exploring the possibility of one day becoming nurses. Members of Club Sosial spend time at the old people’s home and hospital helping the patients and nurses. Others help at the local animal shelter, feeding and bathing the animals. The teens are learning to volunteer and to give back to their community while they explore possible career options.
Positive Discipline is the operating principle of Jong Bonaire. It is a system that rewards and re-enforces good behavior. The young people soon learn that they get more attention for positive behavior than for negative actions. All programs are designed to build and to maintain links between the center and the families. Throughout the year, parent nights and family activities are held to help strengthen family ties.
The center has a staff of eight professionals and a corps of part-time workers and volunteers to provide an effective ratio of staff to youth. This investment in a professional staff allows Jong Bonaire to dependably serve the teens and their families with a wide variety of programs.
The need for donations is ongoing since the staff and Board of Directors make every effort to assure that no teen is excluded for economic reasons. If a parent is unable to pay the modest monthly dues, sponsors are found so that the teens can continue as members. Because the average member contribution is less than NAfl 15 ($8) per month, the center can not support itself with membership dues alone and must rely on outside donors for about one-third of our funding.
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Thank you for your support!
Kaya Simon. Bolivar 16
Kralendijk, Bonaire Netherlands Antilles
tel: +599-717-4303 fax: +599-717-6467