A large percentage of Jamaican youth will not continue their education past primary levels due to limited economic means. In order to decrease the marginalization of at risk individuals, local community leaders and outside philanthropic sources have strategically set up development centers across the country. The Spring Village Development Center teaches basic math, history, language, and trade skills such as welding and food preparation. The center also works with regional primary schools and orphanages. Jamaica holds one of the highest murder-per capita rates in the world. Without proper guidance and education many children turn to crime as a means of survival. These centers help alleviate poverty and offer pathways to safe and sustainable lifestyles.