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Since Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU) was established in Kingston in 1991, the organization has trained 1200 volunteer adult mentors and matched them with at risk high and secondary school students, facilitated 42 organizations in setting up youth mentoring programmes, and built up a network of life-changing programmes now empowering students, families and communities. YOU is the largest Mentoring organization (SME) in the third world
Its Parenting Education Programme has reached out to schools PTA members through regular workshops, to Jamaicans in general through a one year national newspaper column, a series of periodic radio broadcasts, with practical guidance and important information on parenting adolescents and issues of the family’. The organization also continues to play a vital role as an active advocate for the welfare of all Jamaican youngsters.