Apply to the NYPJ

Applications are Now Open for the

2018-2019 National Youth Parliament Of Jamaica (NYPJ)

  1. Must be a Jamaican between ages 18 and 27 yrs, to apply for the National Youth Parliament.
  2. Are required to attend/participate in the following :
  • Introductory Training                                                       January  12, 2019
  • Mandatory 3 day Residential Workshop                          (TBD) September 2019
  • Parliamentary Procedures - Review and Mock Sitting    November 8-11, 2019
  • Sitting of the National Youth Parliament                          November 11, 2019
  • Ongoing Work on Parliamentary Motions                         December 2018 – November 2019 
  • County Projects                                                                January 2019 - September 2019 
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 2016.
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 December 7, 2018