Apply to the NYPJ


Applications are Now Open for the

2019-2020 National Youth Parliament Of Jamaica (NYPJ)


1. Must be a Jamaican between ages 15 and 27 yrs, to apply for the National Youth Parliament.
2. Are required to attend/participate in the following :
          Introductory Training                                                                     January  2020
          Mandatory 3 day Residential Workshop (TBD)                            Sept./Oct. 2020
          Parliamentary Procedures - Review and Mock Sitting                 November 6-8, 2020
          Sitting of the National Youth Parliament                                       November 9, 2020
          Ongoing Work on Parliamentary Motions                                     Jan. 2020 – Nov 2020 
          County Training Sessions and County Project planning              Jan. 2020 – Nov. 2020
The National Youth Parliament of Jamaica (NYPJ) was started in November 2003 as a non-partisan initiative aimed at providing youth from across Jamaica with a forum to express their views, network and debate issues of concern in the House of Representatives. The Parliament has traditionally been hosted as part of the slate of activities for National Youth Month celebrations in Jamaica, with the most recent sitting being in November 2019.
The NYPJ is structured to provide an opportunity for youth to deepen their understanding of parliamentary democracy, while developing skills in research, policy formulation and analysis, advocacy, public speaking and communication. 
The NYPJ involves a yearly programme of activities, to include, orientation, training, local and regional meetings, dialogue with Ministers and Opposition spokespersons, and provide avenues for youth inputs and consultation in policy and programme development. 
The National Youth Parliament is structured to:
  • Encourage active citizenship among youth and promote involvement in democracy and governance;
  • Analyse and provide feedback from a youth perspective on statements, ministry papers, green  papers and bills before the Houses of Parliament;
  • Promote youth mainstreaming into national policies, strategies and programmes.


Applications Close: 4:00pm - Friday January 10, 2020