Youth News

Friday, June 16, 2017

The month of May 2017 saw over 600 young persons from Hanover being supported by Youth Empowerment Officer, Donmarie Latouche. Seven Empowerment Sessions were hosted across the parish during the month, focusing particularly on career development and discipline and parenting.

To start the month, Latouche facilitated a job readiness session and mock interviews at the Hopewell High School on May 1. This session targeted Grades 10 and 11,...

Friday, June 16, 2017

Seventeen young parents (including one teen father) were recently engaged through the St. James Youth Information Centre, as the YIC sought to build their capacity for quality parenting. Youth Empowerment Officer Damian Green explained that through the workshop, participants examined some of the challenges associated with parenting, and were provided with best practices for overcoming these challenges. 

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Jamaica Union of Tertiary Students (JUTS) will soon have a new president. Dimitri McGregor, the former head of the University of Technology Students' Union was recently elected by his peers to lead the JUTS for the period 2017-2019.  McGregor will officially take office in August 2017, and will succeed Germaine Bryan who has served since 2015. 

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Throughout May 2017, a number of initiatives have been held across the island as Jamaica commemorated Child Month. St. James Youth Parliamentarian Shavone Smith thought it necessary to move beyond merely providing treats to children during the month, and implement a project that would have a positive and indelible impact on students at her alma mater, Somerton Alll-Age and Infant School.

The week-long project which started on May 15...

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Young people in St. James now have the opportunity to access training in film-making through the St. James Youth Information Centre. Currently, 17 young persons are enrolled in the programme, and are accessing training in screenwriting, cinematography, directing, pre-production, post-production and the art of acting.

The initiative is being faciliated by young filmmaker Dario Shields, with training for the current cohort ending in July...

Monday, May 15, 2017

Currently a sixth form student at deCarteret College in Manchester, Antonette Dennis was elected on May 5, 2017 as the President of the National Secondary Students' Council (NSSC) for the 2017-2018 academic year. Miss Dennis will officially take office in September 2017. 

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Marcus Garvey Youth Information Centre (MGYIC) and the Jamaica Youth Business Trust (JYBT) partnered to host a 3-day "Generate Your Business Idea Entrepreneurship Training" for young entrepreneurs in St. Ann from April 26-28, 2017. The initiative sought to assist 35 young entrepreneurs towards producing viable business ideas to be approved by the JYBT Credit Committee for start-up funding.

The Jamaica...

Friday, April 21, 2017

Children and young people across Jamaica and particularly in Manchester, look forward to the Easter holidays for varied reasons; lots of bun and cheese, a break from a stressful school term, time with family, among others. For many in state care, while they recognise with the festivities of bun and cheese they are also aware of the reason for the season “the death and resurrection Jesus Christ”. With the hope of giving some of...

Friday, April 7, 2017

State Minister in the Education, Youth and Information Ministry, Hon. Floyd Green, says the Prime Minister’s National Youth Awards for Excellence will return this year.

Making the announcement during his Sectoral Debate presentation on April 5 in the House of Representatives, Mr. Green said young people will be selected from a list of categories.

These include Academics, Youth in Service, Arts in Culture, International...

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Approximately 40 young persons from the Exchange SDA Community Youth Group participated in a march against drug abuse in the community of Exchange, St. Ann on Global Youth Day (March 18). As the young advocates made their trek through the community, they issued flyers and brochures on substance misuse. The youth took the time to speak with community members about the dangers of drug abuse as they journeyed across Exchange.

Upon...