Who We Are

We are a Non-Government, not-for-profit advocacy group.

Advocate for Conviction, Humility, Awareness, iNtegrity, Growth & Empowerment Jamaica (Advocate for CHANGE Jamaica) Limited was coined in 2016 and incorporated on July 17, 2019. Advocate for CHANGE Jamaica is an advocacy group geared towards stemming paternal absence and decreasing its impact on Jamaica.
Advocate for CHANGE Jamaica was developed on the premise that paternal absenteeism is one of the social ills that contribute negatively our societal norms such as the way parenting is viewed for males, unhealthy relationships that exist among the sexes, criminal activities, among other social ills

Our Core Values


To act and lead in a manner that reflects or expresses a spirit of inclusion, respect for others and a willingness to subordinate one’s own interest for the common good.

iNtegrity & Transparency

Being honest and ethical in all interactions, maintaining the highest degree of standards in research, public engagement and service.

Empowerment & Growth

We believe people are truly the largest and most important asset of any organization. We are committed to investing in people, their personal and professional growth and development, and creating an environment of lifelong learning.

Vision, Mission & Objectives

Advocate for CHANGE Jamaica has at its core a mission to eradicate father absenteeism & the prevalent and devastating effects it has on health, economy, psychology and security through strategic advocacy and the offering of support to those who experience absenteeism paternal.

A Jamaica in which ALL fathers contribute equally and effectively to the development of their children.

Advocate for CHANGE Jamaica is committed to

  1. raise awareness for the father epidemic;
  2. advocate for the health, economic, security and the psychological wellbeing of individuals who are homeless, fatherless, adolescents, abused and victims and perpetrators of crime and abused through advocacy and to utilize same and any other means which will further the mission;
  3. develop a mentor-mentee database that will provide access to guidance and support in the absence of fathers;
  4. offer support to individuals who have experienced father absenteeism and agencies with a similar mission or cause.

Partnerships & Funding Received

  • A grantee for the Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives’ grant to implement AFCJ’s DADs (Developing Able Dads) programme, which started on January 13, 2020, and ended on March 10, 2020.
  • Shortlisted funding to engage 125 males between the ages of 17 & 35 in the parish of Manchester for parenting training workshops, through LPD’s Stepping Stone to Success programme.
  • Was hosted and ‘given a seat at the table’ by the United States of America’s Embassy, Kingston for their Strong Fathers = Strong Children Roundtable.
  • Invited to partner for NCU’s First Crime Conference: “Religion and the Reduction of Crime in Jamaica” to be held on November 20, 2019.
  • Successfully planned and executed a sought after event, a charity fundraiser, Wi Brunchin’ on July 14, 2019.
  • Partnered with the Manchester Peace Coalition to host ‘Celebrating Him 2019’, a father’s day celebration and awards event.

Become A Volunteer

When a community is introduced to positive fathering and the significance of a paternal figure in the home, it can change just about everything. It can improve health, decrease the level of criminal activities within the community, improve the outlook of the sexes among each other and improve community morale.

Meet Our Volunteers