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"Blowing My Abeng: Energizing Jamaica's Youth... Volume I"

“Most of us are trying to find ourselves. We have no jobs. We

are lost. We have no skills to deal with certain things and no

forums to express ourselves. We are in a box…

A jus suh di ting set”. A quote from the 2012 Youth Situation Analysis in Jamaica.

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SHAPING THE JAMAICAN FUTURE THROUGH YOUTH ADVOCACY AND THE NSSC

                   The National Secondary Student Council emerged on the dawn of September 1, 1980 with the objective of  introducing democracy to secondary-level educational institutions across Jamaicans. The NSSC is the avenue by which students' voices are heard and are made relevant in mediating and negotiating student- teacher/ administrative conflicts. Some time ago, a prominent Child Rights Advocate lamented on the chronic condition of the hike in juvenile delinquency among students in Jamaican high schools.

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CELEBRATING JAMAICAN WOMEN: SHAPING OUR NATION AND OUR CULTURE

                Grayson in the textbook, "Social Studies Essentials" posits that for centuries women have been stereotyped into the roles of 'mother' and' wife'. As a result, they had to break barriers in a male chauvinist society to gain equal income. employment and promotion. This year's theme under the Jamaica Cultural Development Commision is more than appropriate to suit this established fact.

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CARICOM: STRENGTHENING REGIONAL INTEGRATION

The Cariibbean Community and Common Market was founded on July 4, 1973 with the paramount aim to strengthen regional integration among Caribbean islands. However, this aim has been recently viewed as a farce by the populace because the organization has failed to live up to its mandate or vision, rather. The only way a vision can become a reality is if there is a mission and not just any mission but a solid action plan.

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CAREER EDUCATION: THE WAY FORWARD

         Career educaion has played a pivotal role in Jamaica's education system, in that it soundly informs students on career choices, exploration and information. However, I am of the opinion that under such subject, the availability of jobs in this current labour market should be greatly accentuated. This is so, because numerous individuals pursuing post-secondary or tertiary level education are choosing career areas that are not high in demand by the labour market.

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Youth Involvement Through The Establishment of Youth Clubs

               It is the mandate of the National Centre for Youth Development to promote active involvement of youth on the platforms of our society and in doing so, we continously seek to provide healthy avenues in respective communities across Jamaica to help develop their special abilities. One such avenue, is the presence of youth clubs.

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