We are developing our new website and hope to have it ready soon. In the meanwhile, here is some information about Jong Bonaire and you can contact us for more.
Who we are:
Jong Bonaire (Stichting Jeugdwerk Jong Bonaire) is a non-profit Youth Development Center in the Dutch Caribbean providing enrichment programs for teens and young adults after school, in the evenings and during the summer vacations. We currently have almost 300 members, offer more than 45 activities as well as workshops for teens and their parents. Jong Bonaire has helped thousands of Bonairean youth over the years. Jong Bonaire is committed to addressing the social and physical needs of young people on the island and to improve their conditions in every way possible. The objectives of the foundation are to help, guide and coach the youth of Bonaire regardless of race, religion, nationality, ethnicity or socioeconomic position and to develop them into independent adults, good citizens and effective parents through positive discipline. We have been doing this since 1999. Your support is appreciated and you can donate on-line by cllcking here. Thank you.
Annually for the past five years Jong Bonaire, in conjunction with Foundation Bon Kausa, has produced a beautiful wall calendar as one of our fund-raising projects. Our 2013 calendar features many of our members doing their part to help improve our environment. We are currently working on the 2014 calendar based on traditional Antillean cooking and recipes. We still have a few 2013 calendars left. If you would like to buy one, click here to send your request.
Live, Learn, Work
In 2013 Jong Bonaire has started a new project called Live-Learn-Work in conjunction with a number of organizations such as the Youth Care Center, the probation center, addict prevention and now the vocational education of the SGB (High School). Live-Work-Learn is a residence center consists of a home for supervisors and 17 small apartments for young adults, age 18 to 27, who for one reason or another cannot or do not live at home but who are not yet ready for independent living. These young people suffer due to the lack of good basic accommodation, counseling/coaching and mentoring. They need a helping hand to finish school, to get or maintain/keep a job and to become truly independent, emotionally, socially and economically.
With our partners, we hope to identify those young people who will benefit most from the environment and training we will be providing. The program is modeled on the successful Rooms with Opportunity (Begeleid Wonen) approach that has been very successful in the Netherlands.
If you would like to learn more about Live-Learn-Work, click here to send us your questions.
Photos of some recent activities
New windsurfing gear 2013
Swim to Klein Bonaire 2012
a fund-raising project
International Ping-Pong Tournament
Our Drum Band practices for a competition in Rotterdam June 2013
Members march for recycling
Christmas Dinner 2012