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Despite being threatened with
death and amidst increasing
reports of school violence and
murders, law student Dale
Christopher Jones, 27, is not giv-
ing up on his mission to save lost
youths in high risk areas.
A Fatima College graduate with
nine passes and holder of a BSc in
Business and Computer Studies,
Jones, formerly of Laventille,
spends most of his day teaching,
counselling and guiding students
in schools in high risk areas like
South East Port-of-Spain, Nelson
Street, Morvant, Laventille,
Beetham, John John and Diego
He is at present doing a male
empowerment programme with
16 students at Diego Martin North
Secondary where three students
were recently arrested in connec-
tion with a fire at the school.
Judging none, he plods on
patiently in his quest to reach them
and insists he has seen enough
positive changes to inspire him to
Jones believes all troubled young
people need is a little guidance.
"For the most part, the majority
of them are just looking for some
sort of direction. Most have issues
at home which cause them to look
to the wrong role models."
Jones parents---Simone and
Brian Jones---are senior members
of the Love Until Foundation of
Laventille of which he is a part.
"I want to share my experience
of good parenting with young peo-
ple and support them in any way
"I have a passion for this. School
and other violence is really taking
a toll on our society. We ve got to
fix that," he says.
He and a team have formulated
a syllabus to teach students life
and literary skills.
"We also have meetings with
residents in crime hot spots on the
programmes they want and tailor
our interventions to suit their
needs," he adds.
Giving an example of a success
story, he related: "There was one
gentleman from Never Dirty, Mor-
vant, Ridge Bowens.
"He had a hard upbringing. He
was the eldest of four or five sib-
lings and his mom left them and
his dad didn t take them on.
"At age 12 he was taking care of his
younger brothers and sisters and was
always angry and had a very mean
"He got thrown out of school in Form
Two after he got into a fight with a
teacher and was just living in Never
Dirty, not really going nowhere.
"He was so angry that if he had got-
ten into a wrong situation he would
have become violent and ended up in
Jones and his Love Until Foundation
team offered an air conditioning course
in Never Dirty and encouraged Bowens
"After that he really turned his life
around. He took to the training and got
a level one certificate and is now pur-
suing level three.
"He works with a reputable air con-
ditioning company in Laventille and is
about to purchase his own home. He
is even planning to open his own busi-
ness," he said.
Giving another example, Jones said
they were working with students at
Laventille Girls Primary.
"There was one young lady in Stan-
dard Five who was a little miserable,
to put it mildly. She wasn t there yet
but she was definitely heading down
the wrong road."
Jones said he and his team did what
they had to do and went on their way,
not fully knowing the impact they had
He found out later. "I recently saw
this same girl at a gospel concert and
she came up to me and said the pro-
gramme we did really changed her life.
"She said she was going through a
lot at the time and we helped her
change the way she saw things."
One time Jones received a death
threat, from a parent.
"We were working in an at risk school
in Chaguanas and a parent didn t like
how I disciplined his child and threat-
ened to kill me.
"We were in a class activity using a
skit. In the skit, the child wasn t paying
attention and I shouted at him.
"The parent didn t understand. I was
acting. He came to the school the fol-
lowing day asking for me and saying
the next time he saw me he would kill
me, that nobody could talk to his child
"He later cooled down after we dia-
logued with him."
Jones said he was "not particularly
scared" working in at risk communities.
"I have strong faith in God. I don t
believe He would send me somewhere
and let something happen to me."
On a mission to save lost youths
Dale Christopher Jones, right, with a group of young people with whom
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