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St. Thomas

Youth uplift through Education and Community Restoration

  • Community Restoration
  • Youth Empowerment

In 2017, the U.S. Virgin Islands had fifty-one official murders, and the United Nations Report listed it as the country with the highest murder rate in the Caribbean and the fourth overall in the world. Further statistics have shown that approximately 70 – 80% of crimes committed are by individuals who have not completed high school. These statistics show the need to intervene at the younger age brackets by positively influencing the younger ones to shun a life of crime. The past decade was a particularly stressful one for Virgin Island parents, school administrators, and teachers. Reports in the media of the increasing level and frequency of violence among youth across the Territory shocked adult residents into the realization that the culture of juveniles was very different from that within which they were raised. As the most populated of the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Thomas takes precedence in commitment to service this year.

This year, the 2019 Alternative Spring Break aim is to visit St. Thomas to aim in enabling community restoration and youth upliftment through tutoring and mentoring. If we can reach out to the youth. at an early age, it can positively shape their future. We plan on achieving this through interactive programs that our participants will create with academic lessons about the importance of achieving higher education, the opportunities that it provides, or other types of trade schools. In addition, our participants will be going to after school programs to mentor the youth about alternative extra-curricular activities that will keep them engaged. Furthermore, we will be helping restore the community by building and painting areas affected by the hurricanes in 2017. Overall, we would like to inspire, lift, and rejuvenate the community of St. Thomas.