Programme for Adolescent Mothers Inc. Grenada W.I.


The Programme for Adolescent Mothers (P.A.M.) began in 1994 through the support of UNICEF/UNFPA and the Government of Grenada and opened its doors to the first group of young women in April 1995. It was an initiative of the Grenada National Coalition for the Rights of the Child (GNCRC) and was managed by GRENSAVE. In September 2009, P.A.M. began the process of becoming an independent Non-Governmental Organization (NGO).


 On the 12th of December 2010, the Programme for Adolescent Mothers received a National Youth Award from the Ministry of Youth Empowerment and Sports for 'The Most Outstanding NGO in Youth Development.' 


The programme is based on the successful model of its sister institution in Jamaica and is situated at the historical site of the Heritage House in Mt. Parnassus, St. George. The building includes two classrooms, a nursery, a conference room, a kitchen, two office rooms, as well as separate rooms for the staff and ill students. In addition, the Heritage House contains a fully operational Information Technology lab. In 2009, the programme also added on a fully-functioning Food & Nutrition lab.


The Programme for Adolescent Mothers Inc. operates under a full-time Manager, Mrs. Alva C. Lawrence who answers to the Board of Directors.


Over the years more than 500 young mothers aged 11-20 have passed through the programme. A number have gone on to further their education at Secretarial School, T.A. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC), New Life Organization (NewLO), St. George's University (SGU), the University of Oklahoma and the Grenada School of Nursing.


A significant percentage of P.A.M.'s graduates are employed as nurses, caregivers, cosmetologists, social workers, secretaries, receptionists, clerks, waitresses, sales persons and media workers. Some graduates are self-employed.


Over the years the programme's strive towards excellence has been demonstrated through the steady improvement of its students' performance on standardized tests, such as the Caribbean Examination Council (CSEC & CCSLC) exams, the School Leaving exam and the Pittman exam. 


In 2014, two students were successful in the School Leaving Examinations. In this year's CCSLC exams, 75% of the students passed English; 86% passed Mathematics and 75% passed Social Studies.


Commendable results for the 2014 CSEC examinations for P.A.M. students are as follows: 100% of all students who sat the Food & Nutrition and French exams passed, 57% passed Human & Social Biology, 57% passed Principles of Business, 57% passed Office Administration, and 75% passed the Clothing & Textiles examination.