Jong Bonaire Progress Report 2007

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  • 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
    them. (translated)
    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
    in 2008.)
    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
    bunita (beautiful).”
    “ 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 Rios
    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
    Coast Guard.
    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
    future employment.
    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
    Junior Rangers
    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.
    Scuba Certification
    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.
    Kushina Kontentu
    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.
    Drum Band
    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.
    Sports Competitions
    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
    musical instruments.
    Jong Bonaire 2007 5 Staff member “
    Paco”Veeris (
    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
    Account: 102-71601
    Bank transfer from Holland to Bonaire:
    Gegevens begunstigde:
    Naar rekening: 10271601
    Ten name van: St. Jeugdwerk Jong Bonaire
    Adres: Kralendijk
    Plaats: Bonaire
    Land:Netherlands Antilles
    Bankgegevens begunstigde:
    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
    Kralendijk, Bonaire
    Netherlands Antilles
    Tel: +599-717-4303 Fax: +599-717-6467
    E-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
    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.

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