2021 Youth Advisory Council Application Form

Applications now Open for the

2021-2023 Youth Advisory Council of Jamaica (YACJ)




Direct link to the 2021 YACJ Application Form: http://bit.ly/2021YACJ



The Youth Advisory Council of Jamaica (YACJ) is intended to facilitate continuous engagement of young people in youth development policy and programming actions of the Government of Jamaica. The YACJ  is one structure geared towards the fulfilment of the Goal VI of the CARICOM Youth Development Goals (CYDGs), which seeks to ensure and enhance youth participation in all levels of decision-making, programme implementation and oversight.  

In this respect, the YACJ will work to mainstream the needs of youth through Government of Jamaica (GOJ) programmes and activities during all phases of programme development, implementation and evaluation. 

The YACJ will also act as a Steering Committee for the National Youth Parliament, toward ensuring that the deliverables are met deliberations of the parliament are presented to, and discussed with relevant decision-makers. 

The YACJ will also participate in consultations re: Jamaican's response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and conduct research in order to provide the GOJ with youth focused recommendations for Jamaica's part to recovery post Covid-19.


The YACJ will be structured to ensure that youth are provided with an avenue for full participation in decision-making processes as equal and valuable partners. 

To this end, the YACJ aims to:

1. Provide support to the GOJ in mainstreaming youth issues into national policies and development strategies in order to create spaces and opportunities for empowering young people and giving recognition, visibility and credibility to the contributions of youth; 

2. Develop partnerships between the GOJ and young people, to solicit and integrate youth views and priorities, and collaborate with youth in setting up projects and programmes to address their needs, concerns and requirements of youth;

3. Monitor and evaluate projects targeting and involving young people and promote research on youth development;

4. Promote the presence of youth on GOJ Boards, as well as in workshops, meetings and conferences organised by the GOJ and its partners; 

5. Act as a clearinghouse of information concerning youth, towards updating member organisations on opportunities and initiatives in various sectors of government for youth development.

The YACJ is being coordinated with the intent to facilitate dialogue between young people and all GOJ Ministries, Departments and Agencies. For the period 2021-2023, the council will focus on the achievement of its objectives in relation to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, and its departments and agencies and Jamaica's response to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis. 

The work of the YACJ will subsequently be expanded to consider policies and programmes in other ministries.

Overview of Application form

Applicants to the YACJ must be between the ages of 18-27 years.


The application form contains fourteen (14)  sections:

1. Overview of the Youth Advisory Council of Jamaica

2. Overview of Application Form

3. Overview of Selection Process

4. Personal information

5. Employment/Education Status

6. Education History

7. Employment History

8. Civic Involvement/Volunteer Activities

9. Technical and Soft Skills

10. Ministry Assignments

11. Action Plan for Covid-19 Recovery

12. Personal Biography and Goals

13. Referee Information (copy of reference letters required .pdf/.doc/.docx formats)

14.  Certification of Truth, Accuracy and Completeness

Please ensure that you have prepared the information required before attempting to complete the form, as you will not be able to save the form and return at a later date to complete. In particular, note that the following information will be required in Section 7 (Personal Bio):
  1. Provide a personal bio (max 300 words)
  2. Describe 2 goals, one personal and one professional, that you have accomplished in the last 2-3 years (max 300 words)
  3. What skills do you possess that will enable you to fulfil the objectives of the Youth Advisory Council. (max 300 words)
  4. What do you hope to achieve during your tenure in the Youth Advisory Council (max 300 words)
  5. Upload of two reference letters - At least one referee must be an executive member of a youth group/youth club/community based youth organisation (CBYO).  The other may be professional (from a lawyer, JP, teacher, lecturer, supervisor etc.) 
  6. Justification for Ministry selection (Section 10) 
  7. YACJ Action plan (Section 11)
Letters of reference may be addressed to:
The Selection Committee
Youth Advisory Council of Jamaica
c/o Ministry of Education, Youth and Information
2-4 National Heroes Circle 
Kingston 4
It is recommended that you prepare this information before you attempt to complete the application form. 
The 2021 YACJ will comprise sixteen (16) young Jamaicans who are passionate about youth and national development. 
Applications for the YACJ will be accepted from Monday October 12, 2020 - 4:00pm - Friday October 30, 2020 
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to the next stage of the Application Process
Selection Criteria
Applicants should:
1. Be Jamaican citizens
2. Be between the ages 18-27 at the time of application
3. Have successfully initiated or actively participated in at least one (1) major youth/community development project over the past 12 months. 
4. Demonstrate an interest in, and aptitude for basic research
5. Possess knowledge of and an interest in GOJ policy development processes
6. Demonstrate an aptitude for event planning and project management
7. Demonstrate interest in, and an aptitude for strategic planning
8. Possess skills in negotiation and consensus building
9. Have a track record of excellence as a youth leader and advocate
10. Demonstrate outstanding and consistent voluntary service relevant to the community and youth development