Jamaica Youth Ambassadors Programme

 

2015-2017 Jamaica Youth Ambassador Corps.

(l-r) Michele Small-Bartley (Director of Youth and Adolescent Policy, MYC), Tijani Christian (YA-Commonwealth), Sujae Boswell (YA-Commonwealth), Rochelle Reid James (YA-UN General Assembly), Hon. Lisa Hanna (Minister of Youth and Culture), His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen (Governor General of Jamaica), Terisa Thompson (YA-CARICOM), Jamar Howell (YA-UN General Assembly), Andre Marriott-Blake (YA-CARICOM), Sherill O'Reggio Angus (Permanent Secretary-MYC)

 

OVERVIEW

The Jamaica Youth Ambassadors Programme (JaYAP) was established in 2000 by the Ministry of Youth and Culture as a strategy to promote youth advocacy and facilitate youth participation in decision-making processes. Since 2000, the JaYAP has produced a number of youth leaders, who have offered representation of Jamaican youth issues at the national, regional and international levels.

 

PORTFOLIO AREAS

YAs have the responsibility of advocating for and educating young people as per issues defined through consultations at CARICOM Youth Ambassadors Programme, the Commonwealth Youth Programme and the UN General Assembly. YAs also bring national issues to the attention of policy makers and planners at the Regional/international level though the coordination/collation of data relating to youth issues at the national level.

For 2015-2017, six young persons aged 27 years or younger have been selected as Jamaica Youth Ambassadors in the Portfolio Areas as follows: