To coach and mentor children in Guyana to develop conduct and behavior that enable them to grow into responsible adults. To achieve this, we engage and assist caregivers, educators, parents and families to support the development of the children.
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We Are GUTSY, Inc. is committed to working with all Guyanese youth ages 3 – 12 years old, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or socio-economic status.
We are a proud member of the CHARACTER COUNTS! Coalition and a part of an alliance of schools, youth serving organizations and communities committed to spreading the message of character education using the CHARACTER COUNTS! framework and teaching the 6 Pillars Of Character.
We help shape integrity by teaching children to keep their promise and do what they say they’ll do. We teach them to value honesty and loyalty and help them to find a way to tell the truth and to stand by their values.
We teach children to be accepting of differences and considerate of others’ feelings. We help them practice courtesy and show them how to react to disagreements, anger and insults
We urge children to always do their best, to persevere and to keep on trying. We help them practice self-discipline, to think before acting and consider the consequences of their actions. We demonstrate accountability for actions and attitudes.
We model fairness in our coaching, we play by the rules, we take turns and we share. We listen and value everyone’s opinion even when we disagree and urge children not to take advantage of others
We teach children how to practice kindness and compassion. We show them how to be gracious and to forgive.
We help children understand what it means to be a good neighbor and help make their homes, schools and community better. We teach them the value of protecting the rights of others and the environment. We explain why it matters to stay informed and to vote.
To help children remain in school and continue to college.
Upper secondary attendance:59% Male and 76% Female
Lower secondary attendance:92% Male and 95% Female
Primary attendance: 97% Male and 97% Female
We believe that education is key to overcoming economic challenges and we reward children who participate and benefit from our program with educational incentives to assist them to remain in school and move on to higher education.
A Guyana where coaching and mentoring assist in the growth of citizens who are tolerant and respectful of each other, committed to lifelong learning and contribute to human development.
To address the “invisible” psychological and emotional wounds and seek help for both the child and victim at home.
17 women were murdered by their partners between January and October of 2017
World Health Organization (WHO) stated that 9200 cases of domestic violence were reported in Guyana between 2011 and 2013.
Guyana’s Childcare and Protection Agency stated in 2018 – 481 cases of child abuse were reported.
Violence at home can have far reaching consequences. Chiildren raised in homes where abuse takes place usually grow up to become abusers or victims who accept abuse. Statistics show that over 95% of domestic violence cases involve women victims of male partners. Their children often observe or hear the abuse and feel hlepless to stop it.
We Are GUTSY, Inc. is a catalyst. It encourages a mindset change among the youth that is infectious among others. It is a call to action and engagement to prepare our young children to take on leadership roles as civic minded, law abiding citizens.
A safe haven makes it easier for a child to discuss difficult topics with a trusted adult.
We Are GUTSY, Inc. will seek to identify those at greatest risk as they grow into adolescence: young people with mental health issues, victims of bullying, physical, emotional or sexual abuse, a family history of suicide or depression, children who lack a support network, such a poor relationship with parents or peers. Intervention, before it’s too late, will reduce the suicide rate in Guyana.
Other causes of death
According to the most recent World Health Organization (WHO) statistics released in April 2017, Guyana’s suicide rate is 30.2 suicides per 100,000 deaths, the third highest suicide rate in the world.
We Are GUTSY, Inc. works with students, teachers, parents, guardians and volunteers utilizing the curriculum we developed around our four focus areas to make an impact and break the cycle.
We begin with a pilot program working with pre-selected schools and youth groups to allow for program assessment and adjustment
Using the curriculum we developed we train volunteers and teachers to lead face to face discussions with the children, parents, and guardians.
We use electronic and print media and strategically placed out of home advertising to reinforce our message.
We aim to set up a resource center staffed with caring volunteers to carry out our mission.
In the News
“We Are Gutsy Returns In September To Conduct Training In School”
NCN Guyana | June 1, 2023
Gutsy Hosts Camp for Over 200 Children
NCN TV | August 24, 2022
Online programme launched for character development of children
Stabroek | News June 29, 2022
8 schools to improve educational services through Diaspora initiative
Department of Public Information, Guyana (DPI) | June 27, 2022
Behavioural skills training for primary schools as 70 tablets donated
News Room Guyana | June 27, 2022
‘We Are Gutsy’ Focusing on building character development, assisting children practically
Guyana Chronicle | June 26, 2022