MGYIC Helps St. Ann Youth to Generate Business Ideas

Date Published: 
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 Youth Business Trust is a company which seeks to address the issue of youth unemployment through assisting youth entrepreneurs to get started through training, business monitoring and the provision of start-up capital. With a viable business idea, participants from this seminar can contact the JYBT for assistance with funding, management of their businesses, and quality mentoring for up to two years.

Training was coordinated by Ms. Tanesha Patterson, Programmes Manager-JYBT and Youth Empowerment Officer (YEO), Mrs. Sasha-Gaye Grizzle-Dixon. Mr. Leighton Brown of the Jamaica Business Development Corporation facilitated a number of the sessions. The facilitators noted that they felt extremely positive about the training, and are looking forward to engaging another batch of participants. 

Facilitator Mr. Leighton Brown in training

The view of the facilitators was echoed by the participants. Tajay Champier asserted that the training was excellent. "The presenters were very knowledgeable in conveying the information. I am excited! I have even started writing my business plan", noted Tajay excitedly.

Another participant Malyka Sampson added, "With an extra kick I feel I would then have the tools to start my own business. I recommend this training to all."

YEO Sasha-Gaye Grizzle-Dixon was pleased with the seminar. Mrs. Grizzle-Dixon explained that the Youth and Adolescent Policy Division (YAPD) within the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has core responsibility for the development and implementation of programmes which promotes youth development and empowerment through facilitating avenues for self- employment and financial independence.

"The Generate Your Business Idea Entrepreneurship Training was  undoubtedly necessary and in my appraisal deemed an absolute success in our efforts of contributing to job creation for the youth in St. Ann, and in our quest to seek to unlock their personal potentials, and provide them with the prospect of creating a better position for themselves", concluded Mrs. Grizzle-Dixon.

YEOs Samantha Bartley (l) and Sasha-Gaye Grizzle-Dixon (r), with group members - Redesigning Sandals