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Youth Empowerment

Outreach to 750+ youth at-risk every year to prevent crime, reduce reoffending, and help them reach their full potential.

JENGA offers rehabilitative services to children in conflict with the law held in the government-run juvenile detention centre of eastern Uganda. These young people have not been sentenced in court but are awaiting a trial date after an arrest or accusation.

On a weekly basis, we offer literacy classes, sports, drumming, and discipleship. We also have initiatives in place to promote health and nutrition, improve living conditions, and offer support and intervention to children after they are released.

In addition to our work in the juvenile detention centre, through JENGA’s Youth Empowerment groups in the community, we equip youth at-risk with knowledge and life skills to prevent crime, reduce reoffending, and help them reach their full potential.

Emmanuel’s Story

Godfrey, a community leader, noticed a reduction in juvenile crime after JENGA launched a Youth Empowerment group in his village. He said to one of our teachers, “I’m surprised, most of the group that you’re handling – these are the youths who used to rob people’s phones at night, steal people’s bags, and take drugs.”

One of these boys, Emmanuel, used to be the leader of a gang called ‘Team No Sleep.’ Through the knowledge, skills, and mentoring he received in his Youth Empowerment group, Emmanuel decided to leave the gang and is now back in secondary school. He said to his teacher, “I’m so happy that you saved me. I was able to go back to school.”

This kind of behaviour change – and life change – is the mission of JENGA’s Youth Empowerment groups for mentoring and crime prevention.

Names have been changed to protect identities