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Mary Ann Jones


Dr. Mary Ann Jones is the Director of Prevention and Education at Oakwood Center of the Palm Beaches, Florida, as well as Chief of Program Operations at the Bay Area Community Services in San Francisco, California. In 2009 FAVACA tapped Dr. Jones to volunteer in Georgetown, Guyana. She guided three two-day workshops for Mercy Wings Training Centre, Glory Lights and Bernice Mansell – groups that work with young men to help build self-esteem and appreciation of tolerance, violence prevention and discipline. Jones met with 20 youth at each facility and was extremely successful in reaching out to these young men. Jones also met with many of the trainers from these facilities and provided them with new methods in dealing with problems that arise in one-on-one and group counseling as well as new skills to address issues of relationships, drugs, violence and other related topics. With the new skills learned, the trainers will now be able to travel to local communities and work the teachers and other professionals working with at-risk youth. Jones also volunteered in 2002 with the Directorate of Gender Affairs in Antigua and Ministry of Social Development, Community and Gender Affairs of St. Kitts.

GUYANA RECEIVES AT-RISK YOUTH TRAINING

Partners of Americas has been working in Guyana for several years implementing a program called Educare which provides educational and work development programs for at-risk youth. Educare has had some great success implementing these programs however Educare feels there is a need for some of their youth counselors to be trained in good counseling skills to enable them to reach out to more of the youth in their programs and help to work on issues that are affecting the youth. Therefore, Educare asked FAVACA for a volunteer expert who could provide training to staff members on how to talk and counsel the youth involved in their programs. FAVACA called upon the services of a veteran volunteer, Mary Ann Jones, a counselor with practices in West Palm Beach, Florida and San Francisco has years of experience working with adolescents who are considered at-risk youth. Jones traveled to Georgetown, Guyana February 1-14, 2009. While in Georgetown, Jones provided three 2-day workshops for Mercy Wings Training Centre, Glory Lights and Bernice Mansell all of which work with young men in need of help with self-esteem, tolerance issues, violence (domestic and peer to peer) and discipline. Jones met with 20 youth at each facility and was extremely successful in reaching out to these young men. Jones also met with many of the trainers from these facilities and provided them with new methods in dealing with problems that arise in one-on-one and group counseling as well as new skills to address issues of relationships, drugs, violence and other related topics. With the new skills learned, the trainers will now be able to travel to local communities and work the teachers and other professionals working with at-risk youth.

ANTIGUA SEEKS END TO VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

Antigua's Directorate of Gender Affairs, in the wake of a recent attack on a female senior officer of government, staged a national conference and rally November 24-25 to raise awareness, and influence lawmakers on gender violence issues. The conference coincided with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Over 100 women and men from 20 public and private organizations participated. Return volunteer consultant Dr. Mary Ann Jones, consulted November 22-26, 2005. Her technical assistance included development of a strategic plan to reduce the victimization of women and presentations at the national conference on: Overview of Violence Against Women: Nature, Extent, Causes and Consequences; Prevention and Response Strategies; and Integrated Approach to Eliminating Gender-Based Violence. Media coverage included ABS Television 10 and a front page article in The Daily Observer.

ANTIGUA BOOSTS SKILLS IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Long-time partner Sheila Roseau, executive director at the Directorate of Gender Affairs in Antigua, requested follow-up training in the area of Domestic Violence after a team of FAVA/CA volunteers provided training in 2001. This year’s team included Dr. Mary Ann Jones, psychologist and coordinator of the Prevention and Education Department at the 45th Street Mental Health Center in West Palm Beach; Trish Hardy, domestic violence training specialist with the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence in Tallahassee; and Chris DelMarco, Esq., of Legal Services of North Florida in Tallahassee. The team traveled November 17-21, 2002, and trained 45 attorneys, magistrates, victim advocates, counselors, community activists, and administrative staff of the Directorate in an effort to augment their skills and improve collaboration. The training resulted in the enhanced service delivery to victims of domestic violence, increased victim sensitivity, staff development, and new intervention strategies and clinical acumen.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TOPIC OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY ACTIVITIES IN ST. KITTS

The Ministry of Social Development, Community & Gender Affairs in St. Kitts & Nevis, a long-time FAVA/CA partner hosted International Women's Day Activities March 8th. Director of the Department of Gender Affairs, Mrs. Ingrid Charles Gumbs, and Permanent Secretary Rosalyn Hazelle, requested volunteers to provide technical assistance in the area of domestic violence. Dr. Mary Ann Jones, licensed psychologist and director of the prevention and education department of the 45th Street Mental Health Center in West Palm Beach, and Ms. Jennifer Dritt, director of the Governor's Task Force on Domestic Violence in Tallahassee, traveled to St. Kitts March 5-9, 2002. The two provided training at the Women's Empowerment Conference and covered such topics as: battered women's syndrome, child victims of domestic violence, and support groups for victims. Seventy-five professionals, community members, and victims took part in the trainings.

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