Jong Bonaire Progress Report 2007
Preparing for the Future
When asked if they thought Jong Bonaire is helping them
prepare for their future, almost 80% of the teens said ‘yes’while
10% said they didn’t know and 10% said ‘no’. Below are some
of the answers the teens gave when asked to explain how Jong
Bonaire is helping them prepare for the future. (translated)
Doing Better at School
Fully 86% of the members said that the help they get with
their homework is helping them at school. Here are some of
their explanations as to how this ‘guia ku tarea’ activity helps
The computer activities remain the most popular, followed by
a number of sports activities: roller hockey, futsal, ping pong,
volleyball and basketball. Kushina Kontentu, where the teens
learn to cook, also scored well. Almost 10% of teens even said
their favorite activity was doing homework.
Focusing on Results. As donors and supporters of the youth center Jong Bonaire, you want to know not only how
your contributions are used (the programs) but also what sort of results the center has produced. With this report we will
try to focus on both, although the long-term impact is much more difficult to demonstrate than short-term results. Longterm
results are difficult to measure mainly because one of the primary goals of the youth center is ‘prevention’ and it is
almost impossible to show that something did not happen or to prove a negative. However, another goal of the center is
to help teens find future work directions and for this the evidence is beginning to show. This Progress Report 2007 will focus
on ongoing measurable results and will also show you some of the longer-term impact that is starting to be seen in the community.
We will then cover some of the activities for 2007.
Ongoing Measurements To determine short-term results, Jong Bonaire is constantly
conducting research with the teen members and with their
parents to ensure that the center and its programs are meeting
the needs and expectations of our target audience as well as
meeting our own goals.
Results of research conducted with the teens at the end of
2007 showed a 95% satisfaction level with Jong Bonaire by the
teen members and a 93% satisfaction with the activities.
When asked if their parents were satisfied with the youth center,
90% said yes. (Separate research will be done with parents
Starting in September 2007 the center had a total of 177
members with 73 of them filling out the research questionnaire.
Research with the staff later showed that almost 15% of
the teens had serious behavioral problems that needed special
attention. So in November, social worker Jona Chirino was
brought in for several hours each week to work with the problem
teens and their families. One early result of this intervention
was that one of the ‘problem’teens was later named Hoben
di Siman (Member of the Week).
Staff member Judith Mijers helps Jong Bonaire members
with their homework before the activities begin.
“Jong Bonaire teaches you discipline.”
“I learn how to work in a group and ‘attend to’ others.”
“It helps you socialize with others and teaches you
“From sports I can remain in good condition.”
“JB really helps me with my school homework.”
“The activities can help in my life, like learning to
“From the help with homework my grades at school are
“ At home I can’t work on my homework and my parents
don’t have time to help me.”
“I have learned to comport myself better in the classroom.”
“Jong Bonaire has a special person to help me with
“My grades at school are going up.”
“I can use the computers at Jong Bonaire for the projects
I have to make for school.”
Long-term Impact While results from on-going research with teens and
parents show that the program and activities are
remaining on target and relevant to the teens and their
development, we still want to know how Jong Bonaire
might be helping the members and the community
long-term. Starting in 2008 we hope to start a formal
long-term follow-up project but for now we must rely
on some of the success stories we have at hand. And
after eight years of operation, the stories are beginning
to be told. Many of the Jong Bonaire ‘graduates’ are
now productive members of the Bonaire community
and are also serving as volunteers.These three portraits
of some of the first members are good examples of the
positive effect the center has had.
Ruviano ‘Pichon’ Josephia
Ruviano joined Jong Bonaire when it opened in 1999
and was always active in the many sports programs
offered at the center. After he finished secondary
school he went to work for several years at a local
supermarket, stocking the cold room. He also volunteered
to help with sports activities at Jong Bonaire
after work. When he realized he enjoyed working with
the teens, he decided it was time for a job change.
Ruviano joined our staff at Jong Bonaire in January of
2007 and now works as a trainer and youth leader in
sports, primarily roller hockey, futsal, futbòl, ping pong
and volley ball. The teens respond well to the leadership
of Ruviano and this suggests that there may be
more potential leaders among our former members.
Duvan was also one of the first members of Jong
Bonaire and is another great success story. Duvan participated
in the scuba diving program offered at Jong
Bonaire and earned his dive certification. After that he
began working at Plaza Resort for two years as a dive
master and then moved on to become a Park Ranger
with the Bonaire Marine Park and even helped train
some of the Junior Park Rangers from Jong Bonaire. During
all this time Duvan returned to help as a volunteer at the youth
center and also played on the ‘former member roller hockey
team’. He also gave advice to the teens such as: “Listen to your
parents.” And: “Help care for our environment.” “Do your
best because you are the future of Bonaire.”Duvan follows his
own advice and has now moved forward again to join the
Edgar ‘ Magic Ed’ Janga
Another early member of Jong Bonaire was Ed Janga who has
just returned to Bonaire after getting his MBO Bouwkunde
degree in Aruba. It was at Jong Bonaire that Ed got his start
in magic at age 16 and today it plays a major role in his life.
He has started his own business, Magic Ed Entertainment,
which creates parties and festivals for people and includes
food, party supplies and the entertainment (717-9802). He
runs this business in addition to holding down a day job with
a local architect and also volunteering at Jong Bonaire. Ed
says he spent most of his afternoons at Jong Bonaire and
learned a lot, including how to use computers and the internet.
Ed says the help he got at Jong Bonaire with his homework
was very important to him and the leaders also helped
him achieve his goals. He now works with the teens to help
teach them how to manage their time more effectively and
how to get better results in school.
Jong Bonaire 2 2007
Pichon, center, coaches members in roller hockey
and also organizes tournaments for the teens.
Staff member Lisa Marchena presents an Award of Appreciation
to former member Duvan Rios, for his help in
coaching the roller hockey team.
“Magic Ed“Janga (red tie) introduces his new company to
the Bonaire community at a press conference.
How Funds Are Used We know donors are also interested in how the funds they
provide are used. One well-known measure of responsibility is
the percent of funds spent on the administration of a foundation.
Since the governing board of this organization consists
of only unpaid volunteers, the administrative costs are kept
quite low. For the year 2007, only 4% of funding went toward
non-program related overhead so that 96% of income could be
devoted to programs and salaries for the leaders to create and
run the activities and the facility. We would also like to point
out that the financial records of Jong Bonaire are open to all
funders and donors. Annual and semi-annual reports (in
Dutch) and quarterly financial reports (in English) are available
for any donor who wishes to receive them.
Activities in 2007 Several times a year the teens select activities in which they
want to participate. The programs and activities change
throughout the year and from year-to-year in an effort to deal
with teen ‘boredom’ and to meet the changing interests of the
members. Below is an outline of some of the programs and
activities offered in 2007.
Activities Aimed at Future Jobs
A number of activities are offered each year which help teens
uncover their interests and which could lead them toward
KREBO (Krea Boluntario)
For seven years now the center has offered a training program
for teens who want to work with younger children. This year
38 teens enrolled in the training before school was out in June
and then spent all of July working in four community centers
and four different kreshes with summer vacation activities for
children. The teens learn how to work with small children,
how to exchange ideas with others, how to create a fun environment
for children and how to comport themselves in a
working situation. The program operates in cooperation with
SEBIKI and FESBO.
Working with STINAPA and the Bonaire Marine Park,
members of Jong Bonaire have the opportunity to become
Junior Rangers and spend time working with the Park
Rangers. They learn about nature and protection of the environment
in addition to skills such as driving a power boat,
scuba diving and coral identification. As we’ve seen, the Park
Ranger position is a viable job opportunity after graduation.
Starting with the program Club Sosial, the teens learn
to do volunteer work at the local hospital and old people’s
home. Those who discover an interest in becoming
a nurse have a chance to take special training from
staff at the hospital in a pre-nursing program that has
been set up in conjunction with Fundashon Mariadal.
All members of Jong Bonaire participated in the
Tourism Corporation Bonaire’s Tourist Awareness
Program in 2007 and a number of teens have also
trained to become folkloric dancers. The dancers perform
regularly in Wilhelmina Park when cruise ships
are visiting. One former member of Jong Bonaire has
just started school in Aruba to study tourism.
Working with a number of dive shops on the island,
Jong Bonaire provides the opportunity for teens to
learn scuba diving and then move on to certification if
they are interested. Teens must first know how to
swim and must also pass the snorkeling program
before they can move into scuba diving.
A number to the teens have shown an interest in learning
manicure, both for themselves and for potential
future jobs. Experts are brought in to train the teens
on manicure and also on makeup and hair care.
Here the teens learn about nutrition and food preparation.
In addition to learning skills for future work they
also learn important lessons to help care for themselves
once they are out of the home. They especially enjoy
eating the results of their work.
Other Useful Skills
Other activities that will help the teens as they seek
employment in the future include computer and internet
training, photography, the Jong Bonaire newspaper,
website building and even horseback riding where the
teens learned to care for the animals and had to help
clean out the stalls. The teens also held several
fundraising events where they raised money to help
fund some of their activities. In 2007 they held a car
wash, a Bar-B-Q and also helped with the Annual
Swim to Klein Bonaire and the Annual Fun Triathlon.
Jong Bonaire 3 2007
Some of the Jong Bonaire teens who learned to work with
young children in the KREBO program.
Jong Bonaire folkloric dancers with youth leader
Senaida Janga during a cruise ship performance.
Activities for Personal Development
Helping teens learn self esteem is an important part of
the training at Jong Bonaire and a number of activities
throughout the year are aimed at this goal.
Youth Leadership Training
Funded by SNAYDP, Jong Bonaire offered specialized
training courses in leadership with 39 teens receiving
their certificate of achievement. Topics studied
included working together in a team, responsibilities
of a leader, how to develop a plan and organize activities,
how to pick priorities and also how to participate
in meetings and how record the actions of a meeting.
It is expected that these teens can go on to help teach
and lead their peers.
Volunteering in the Community
Each year there are a number of programs to involve
the members in their community. These include helping
at the hospital, the old people’s home, the animal
shelter or with the Turtle Conservation group. Jong
Bonaire also has an ongoing program where the teens
teach computer and Internet skills to people 60 years
old and above. At the end of the year a group of the
teens spent part of their holiday preparing 115 packages
of donated dolls and then hosted a Christmas
party for less advantaged children.Through these programs
the teens learn how to become active members
of their community and in 2007 one member, Shaina
Tokaai was named Volunteer of the Year for the bario
of Tera Kora.
Creative Activities and Competitions
The youth center also hosts several competitions
where the teens display their talents before the entire
group of members and large public audiences as well.
Arte di Palabra
This is a Papiamentu language competition between
youth on Bonaire and also on other islands. The teens
present their own poetry, songs, stories or other creative
talent according to a theme. The theme for 2007
was “Know, value and live your culture” and was held
in cooperation with SKAL (the department of art and
literature for the island). Twelve teens presented their
work to a full house one night with Gavianca Frans
winning the competition and the chance to compete in
Curacao where she was awarded one of the prizes.
A new activity was started this year, the Jong Bonaire
Drumband under the instruction of Leroy Sedney. The group
performed at several of the center’s activities during the year.
Song Festival and Mr. & Miss Jong Bonaire
In these competitions participating teens present their talents
before the entire group of teen members, parents and other
guests. One of the song festival winners, Jonathan Clarinda,
went on to become the winner in the island’s Tumba competition
in 2007. For the Mr. and Miss Jong Bonaire contest,
well-known event organizer Angelo Domacasse helps train
the teens to present themselves professionally before the
crowd and judges.
Hoben di Siman and Hoben di Aña
Each week the staff selects a student of the week (Hoben di
Siman) based on their participation, enthusiasm and improvement.
Then twice a year a student of the year (the Hoben di
Aña) is selected, one at the end of the school year in June and
one at the end of the calendar year in December. This recognition
is important for helping develop self-esteem and confidence
in the teens and also for recognizing excellence. In June,
Annehelis Silberie was named Hoben di Aña for the school
year 2006-2007. In December, during the Christmas Dinner,
Jamal Trinidat was named Hoben di Aña for 2007.
Competitive sports activities help give the teens focus and
teach them the importance of teamwork as well as personal
training. In 2007 competitions were held for ping pong, futsal,
dominoes, roller hockey, volley ball, and football. Jong
Bonaire’s ping pong team traveled to Venezuela and Aruba in
cooperation with SEDREBO to participate in International
ping pong tournaments. Two teens brought home prizes for
first and third place in the Aruba tournament.
Jong Bonaire 4 2007
Annehelis Silberie (left) with her mother and Jamal
Trinidat (right) were named Hoben Di Aña in 2007.
The Jong Bonaire Drum band performs for the members.
Sudeska Thodé shows members of a 60+ club
how to use the Internet.
Teens also participated in the Mini-Fun Triathlon co-sponsored
by City Cafe to celebrate City’s tenth anniversary.
Huub Groot of City Cafe also organized a fundraising event
that provided NAfl 10,000 for Jong Bonaire. The Seventh
Annual Swim to Klein Bonaire brought over 350 participants
to Eden Beach with the help of sponsors Bon Fisiotherapie
and Sunbelt Realty.
Education and Prevention Programs
In addition to providing help with homework each afternoon
before the activities begin, the youth center also organizes a
number of trainings and workshops for teens and their parents.
We also offer a program called ‘Interkambio’ where the
teens can discuss and work on personal problems and difficult
issues facing the teens today, like drugs, alcohol and teen pregnancy.
There were four Prevention Seminars offered to the
teens in 2007: one on ‘How to Deal with Conflict’, one on
criminality and sex called: ‘Think Before You Act’; one dealing
with personal Hygiene and another on ‘Tentamentu.”
During the workshops the teens become involved by creating
a skit or working in small groups or other activities to bring
the message home. During 2007 parents were involved in a
workshop with their children teens on teen sexuality. This was
an experiment that was very successful. Families were also
involved when Jong Bonaire hosted Dia di Famia (Family
Day) and Dia di Derecha di Mucha (Rights of Children Day).
Activities Just for Fun
In addition to all the regular programs and activities, the center
also offers activities just for fun. Often these are held on
Friday afternoons and involve trips into Bonaire’s natural environment.
This year one trip was to Washington
National Park, one to Klein Bonaire, one to 1,000
Steps and another just to the beach to swim and have
fun. One Friday bicycles were rented and borrowed so
the entire group could take a bike tour around the
island. Another time the teens went kayaking as a
group. Several party events are also held each year for
the teens including an annual Graduation Party, a pre-
Karnaval Jump-in. And again this year the Jong
Bonaire Kampamentu was held during the spring holidays
from 4 to 6 April. While it appears to be just for
fun, the camping activity also has several training elements
which are wrapped in games and workshops.
For 2007 the group discussed and played with folkloric
Jong Bonaire 2007 5 Staff member “
left) with the Jong Bonaire
ping-pong team as they left for Venezuela.
Züster Kappel surrounded by teens at the workshop on
sexuality called “Think Before You Act”.
Teens kayak during one of the ocean outings.
Team activity during the Kampamentu.
Jong Bonaire and City Cafe sponsored the Dutch
theater group Kalebas to perform for the primary
schools of the island. More than 700 children were
able to enjoy the show.
2007 Finances For the year ending December 2007 Jong Bonaire
operated well within the annual budget of NAfl
566,800. Approximately one third of this funding
comes from Dutch funding organizations (USONA
and AMFO). Another third came from the Island
Government of Bonaire and the final third came from
other donors and Jong Bonaire’s fund raising efforts.
Jong Bonaire’s own contribution comes mostly from
donations like yours and we would like to say a big
Thank You! Your donations are supplemented by fund
raising events like the Swim to Klein Bonaire, the
Mini-fun Triathlon, kaminatas, BBQs, car washes and
other events organized by the staff and members.
The center also derives income from rental of the facilities
in the evening and weekends as well as from
membership dues. However, membership dues are, on
average, only NAfl 15 per month when the family can
afford to pay. Some families cannot even afford this
amount so those members are covered by donations
such as yours. Your help is very much appreciated and
the center could not function without it.
If you would care to sponsor one or more members you
can do so by arranging a monthly transfer of NAfl 25
per child or make an annual lump-sum donation to
Jong Bonaire’s bank account (see details at right).
Your Help Makes the Difference
Your donations help us provide safe, supervised activities for
the teenagers of Bonaire each day after school.We couldn’t do
it without your help. Thank you.
To make a donation on Bonaire:
Bank: MCB Bonaire
Bank transfer from Holland to Bonaire:
Naar rekening: 10271601
Ten name van: St. Jeugdwerk Jong Bonaire
Omschrijving: Donation in the name of :
In the USA (a 501(c)3 non-profit charity):
Friends of Jong Bonaire Foundation
c/o Sexter & Warmflash
115 Broadway 15FL
NYC, NY 10006
Stichting Jeugdwerk Jong Bonaire
Kaya Simón Bolívar 16
Tel: +599-717-4303 Fax: +599-717-6467
Jong Bonaire 6 2007
At the end of 2007 the staff and members created a
calendar for 2008 featuring photos by the teens and
staff. The calendar was distributed it to members and
sponsors in December.
Staff, members, volunteers and board members provided
assistance at the Seventh Annual Swim To Klein Bonaire
that has become an island tradition. In 2007, more than
350 residents and tourists took part in the big swim which
is one of our major fund raisers every year.