Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, the Hon. Rudyard Spencer, awarded ‘We Transform’ Mentor and Ambassador, Jeffrey ‘Agent Sasco’ Campbell, at the Ministry’s office in Kingston yesterday. In attendance were the Chief Technical Director (Acting) Crime Prevention Rehabilitation & Inspectorate Policy Division, Ms. Shauna Trowers; Programme Manager, Ms. Ella Ghartey; and representatives from the Ministry.
Agent Sasco was presented with a trophy for his contribution to the rehabilitation of the young men in the Department of Correctional Services, specifically at the Metcalfe Street Secure Juvenile Centre, where he has been a devoted and dedicated mentor for over two years.
“Since the inception of the We Transform Programme in 2017, Agent Sasco has been relentless in his efforts to providing financial assistance as well as his time, energy and skills to the educational development of over 200 young men at Metcalfe,” said Minister Spencer.
Minister Spencer in his remarks to Agent Sasco said, “you have done tremendous work in the correctional centres and you epitomize the true meaning of a good and inspirational mentor. It is with great pleasure that I hand over this award to you and I hope you cherish it, as it comes from all our hearts.”
Ms. Ghartey said, “we decided to engage Jeffrey to partner with the programme, as we were confident that he would make a great role model and advocate for our at-risk youth. Since then, he has far exceeded our expectations with his philanthropy, advocacy and determination to play his part in the empowerment and transformation of our youth. For this, we remain most grateful.”
Agent Sasco thanked MNS for this opportunity to transform young lives, “I now have a better understanding about the programme. You hear about it, but once you get into the practical, on the ground part, you start to see and feel different things that you wouldn’t anticipate. I have been inviting friends and colleagues to participate and most recently, two wards have been awarded an opportunity with Uppercut (Barbershop and Salon), for which I am grateful. The idea is that they are in a situation right now and it doesn’t have to be permanent; it can change course and they can do better for their future.”
Earlier this month, Agent Sasco was the recipient of the Diamond Award that was presented by the DCS, for his selfless role and continued financial contribution to the ‘We Transform’ Programme. The ‘We Transform’ Programme targets at-risk youth, within the care and supervision of the DCS, providing the requisite skill sets and opportunities to transform their lives.