About the EXPLORERS

The recommendations emanating from a National Symposium held in St. Kitts and Nevis in February 2017 highlighted the need for extensive youth engagement by stakeholder groups represented at the symposium. It was recognised that a large number of the crimes that are being committed in the Federation, even some homicides, were being committed by juveniles. It was felt that there was (and continues to be) a need to vigourously pursue programmes that seek to change the mindset and outlook of children and teenagers. The Ministry of National Security therefore sought to lead in this process by engaging in the development of community clubs as part of a wider Social Intervention Programme by the Ministry of National Security.   These clubs would be organised as part of a broader Community Policing Initiative.

 

In June 2017, Police Inspector Rosemarie Isles Joseph was seconded to the Ministry of National Security to work out of the Office of the Permanent Secretary, National Security to lead this effort. During the month of June 2017, Inspector Isles Joseph personally visited the homes of children in neighbouring Molineux and Phillips communities and encouraged parents to enroll their children in a club.  The first meeting of the club was held on 26 June 2017.

This club later became known as the MOL PHIL EXPLORERS, named by a young male member of the group.  This was effectually the start of the Explorers Youth Clubs development in St. Kitts with Inspector Rosemarie Isles Joseph as the Founder.

YOUTH

EXPLORERS

The term EXPLORERS was taken as the brand for the youth clubs development.  'Explorers' are persons who are adventurous, they face challenges in order to overcome obstacles and conquer new territory, or achieve some difficult feat. The children in St. Kitts and Nevis face many challenges from a number of sources: bullying, physical and sexual abuse, drugs, guns and gangs in their communities.  They must be resilient like 'Explorers' to overcome these challenges. The overall aim of the Explorers Clubs, therefore,  is to provide a safe haven for children in the communities in which they are formed and for children from any other community who choose to join an Explorers Club.

 

Members of each Explorers Club are divided into two subgroups:  Conquerors and Overcomers. Membership of Explorers Clubs is open to children and teenagers, ages 4 years - 17 years;  however, teenagers 18 or 19 years are accepted, if interested.  At the launch of this website, there are five Explorers Clubs that have been formed in St. Kitts, namely: Mol Phil Explorers (the largest and foundation club; the flagship), Shadwell Explorers, St. Paul's Explorers, St. Peter's Explorers and Cayon Explorers. The cayon Explorers Club is in effect the 'Anniversary Club' because its first meeting was held on 26 June 2018, exactly one year after the first meeting of the Mol Phil Explorers.There are currently about 350 active members of these five Explorers Clubs.

 

The immediate Leader of each Explorer Group is a Police Officer associated with the Community Policing Initiative Team  who is supported by a small Committee comprising mainly of a few parents of children in the respective Explorers Club, as well as, a few community personnel.  The Police Leaders of the Five Explorers Groups formed to date are as follows:

 

Mol Phil Explorers        Inspector Rosemarie Isles Joseph

Shadwell Explorers     PC Lauston Percival

St. Paul's Expliorers    Sergeant Ricardo Sampson

St. Peter's Explorers    PC Aidan hendrickson

                                      Supported by PC Laddima Mc Sheene

Cayon Explorers                   PC Niekisha Thomas

 

Sergeant Donna Henderson provides leadership and general support to any club as the need arises.

 

All Police Leaders of Explorers Clubs report to Inspector Rosemarie Isles Joseph  who is the overall Coordinator of the Explorers Club development.

 

In order to ensure that the development of the Explorers Clubs maintains a  clear link with the Ministry of National Security, the Hon. Prime Minister & Minister of National Security of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris, has to date always been invited to deliver remarks at the launch of each group. The aim is to form other Explorers Clubs in convenient community groupings throughout St. Kitts and Nevis.

About the EXPLORERS (Revise March 2019)

 

Contacts:

 

Osmond Petty, MBE                                  Inspector Rosemarie Isles Joseph

Permanent Secretary                                RSCNPF

Ministry of National Security                   Founder and Coordinator of  (Providing Mentoring, Leadership, of the Explorers Youth Clubs

Resource Support and Direction)         Development                                              

+(869)-662-8890                                 +(869)- 669-5332

osmond.petty@gmail.com                      rozie_507@hotmail.com

 

 

Changing  community norms through the Explorers Youth Clubs Development

                         

The recommendations emanating from a National Symposium held in St. Kitts and Nevis in February 2017 highlighted the need for extensive youth engagement by stakeholder groups represented at the symposium. It was recognised that a large number of the crimes that are being committed in the Federation, even some homicides, were being committed by juveniles. It was felt that there was (and continues to be) a need to vigourously pursue programmes that seek to change the mindset and outlook of children and teenagers. The Ministry of National Security therefore sought to lead in this process by engaging in the development of community clubs as part of a wider Social Intervention Programme by the Ministry of National Security.   These clubs would be organised as part of a broader Community Policing Initiative.

 

In June 2017, Police Inspector Rosemarie Isles Joseph was seconded to the Ministry of National Security to work out of the Office of the Permanent Secretary, National Security, Mr. Osmond Petty,  to lead this effort. During the month of June 2017, Inspector Isles Joseph personally visited the homes of children in neighbouring Molineux and Phillips communities and encouraged parents to enroll their children in a club.  The first meeting of the club was held on 26 June 2017.

 

This club later became known as the MOL PHIL EXPLORERS, the name suggested by a young male member of the group.  This was effectually the start of the Explorers Clubs development in St. Kitts and Nevis with Inspector Rosemarie Isles Joseph as the Founder of the Explorers Community Youth Clubs.

 

 

The term EXPLORERS was taken as the brand for the community youth clubs development under this initiative.  Mr. Osmond Petty made the following analogy that linked the Explorers Youth Club Movement with the crime prevention initiative.  According to Mr. Petty,  " Explorers are persons who are adventurous, they face challenges in order to overcome obstacles and conquer new territory, or achieve some difficult feat. The children in St. Kitts and Nevis face many challenges from a number of sources: for example, bullying, physical and sexual abuse, drugs, guns and gangs in their communities.  The children of these youth clubs, therefore, must be resilient like Explorers to overcome these challenges."

 

The overall aim of the Explorers Clubs, therefore,  is to provide a safe haven for children in the communities in which they are formed and for children from any other community who choose to join an Explorers Club. On this basis, Mr. Osmond Petty compiled a number of 'General Objectives' to guide the development of children enrolled in Explorers Clubs.

 

Members of each Explorers Club are divided into two subgroups:  Conquerors and Overcomers. Membership of Explorers Clubs is open to children and teenagers, ages 4 years - 17 years;  however, teenagers 18 or 19 years are accepted, if interested, and members who attain ages 20+ years are allowed to continue for as long as they wish to remain associated with their clubs.

 

At this time of registration of the Explorers trademark, there are six (6) Explorers Clubs in St. Kitts with over 400 active registered members: Mol Phil, Shadwell, St. Paul's, St. Peter's, Cayon and Lodge.  The immediate Leader of each Explorers Club is a Police Officer associated with the Community Policing Initiative Team  who is supported by a small Committee comprising mainly of a few parents of children in the respective Explorers Club, as well as, a few other selected community personnel. All Police Leaders of Explorers Clubs report to Inspector Rosemarie Isles Joseph  who is the overall Coordinator of the Explorers Club development.

 

The Explorers Community Youth Clubs development  is strictly an apolitical  Movement.  Explorers therefore participate in only national events or  events that are clearly apolitical. The aim is to form other Explorers Clubs in convenient community groupings throughout  the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.

The EXPLORERS Theme Song, Pledge and Motto were all composed and/or developed entirely by Police Inspector Rosemarie Isles Joseph.

Explorers Clubs Pledge

I pledge that I will be a good citizen, to respect myself, others and my country. To always put country above self and extend goodwill to all.

Explorers Theme Song

Verse 1

Conquerors and Overcomers now are we

Pledge to be the gems of our Community

Building bridges and characters sound and strong

Respecting all the rules of right and wrong

 

Chorus

We are Conquerors

We are Overcomers

We shall do our part

We are Conquerors

We are Overcomers

Pledge with all our hearts

 

Verse 2

Conquerors and Overcomers YES WE CAN

Spread good will and partnerships throughout the land

Bringing communities together hand in hand

Protecting the Future of our land

Explorers Trademark

 

The Explorers Trademark will cover, inter alia, the following when associated with any of the types of activities identified above:

(i)  the analogy that was fashioned by Osmond Petty for the use of the term 'Explorers' as applied to the Community Youth Groups Development;

(ii) the General Objectives that were compiled by Osmond Petty to guide the Explorers Clubs;

(iii) Explorers as a paramilitary club - through drill instructions;

(iv) the  Explorers Theme Song (Tune - Music), Pledge and Motto, all of which were composed and/or developed by Inspector Rosemarie Isles Joseph; and

(v) the Explorers Ceremonial Uniform that was specially designed by Inspector Isles Joseph. 

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