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The Second Annual Project Winter Camp Jamaica


The second annual Project Winter Camp Jamaica is a volunteer-led initiative where specially trained Chicago area soccer coaches will work in collaboration with the East Portmore Portals Football Club to provide a high-impact soccer learning for children and youth ages 8-15 in the region of East Portmore, Jamaica.

This venture will be led by Dean Lothian, a Master Soccer Coach with America Scores Chicago. He will be joined by volunteers, and will conduct a winter camp on December 14–17 in Portmore, and December 19–22 at Savalamar in the parish of Westmoreland.

This year’s goal is to provide 150 boys and girls with academic and life skills, alongside athletic training. The biggest push this year is to get more girls involved in the camp. There is an absence of girls playing soccer at a younger age, and we believe that the implementation of programs that encourage such efforts will prove worthwhile in the future.

The Need – Decades of experience and research working with inner-city youth in the United States has shown that athletic extracurricular activities, coupled with high quality mentoring and academic programming, can transform individuals and communities. Project Winter Camp Jamaica will bring that expertise to a large coastal city on the southern coast of Jamaica that has a severe need for community-based projects. By training and working with local coaches, Project Winter Camp Jamaica will also expand the capacity of the East Portmore Portals FC to support the local community, and engage youth in activities that allow them to build skills and advance their own lives.

The Strategy – Using methods and an evidence-backed curriculum developed by leading American urban sports enrichment organizations, Project Winter Camp Jamaica will run a four day camp, consisting of morning sessions, followed by afternoon sessions at two different field locations in East Portmore. The camp is easily accessible by foot to the targeted participants. Volunteer coaches will donate the cost of their own airfare and will travel to Jamaica to lead this four day winter camp for youth, and the parallel “Coach-The-Coaches” project that will build capacity and impart leadership and mentorship skills.

Your contribution – 100% of your donation goes towards program costs. As an initiative that relies on a committed pool of volunteers, Project Winter Camp Jamaica manages to have all of its administrative costs donated. Your donation will build on corporate and equipment donations already received from companies like Hunt4Soccer, The Village Project, and The Sports Shed. Your gift will also build upon in-kind contributions of services that have been secured from restaurants and other businesses in Jamaica. Your donation is tax deductible as Project Winter Camp Jamaica is being run under the auspices of The Village Project Inc., a US registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that will serve as the fiscal sponsor of the project. The Village Project Inc, has a successful track record of running overseas projects, in places like Poland, Serbia, and Mali. They are a small nonprofit dedicated to providing quality educational programs for children and youth that enhance their capabilities for civic, social, and economic participation.

Charitable contributions are needed to make Project Winter Soccer Camp Jamaica possible.

Thank You for your consideration.

DONATE TODAY via PAYPAL at www.villageproject.org.

For additional information, please contact : Dean Lothian 773-984-2166 or deanlothian@gmail.com

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