National Youth Parliament

 

Overview of the National Youth Parliament of Jamaica (NYPJ)

 

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. 
 
Objectives 
 
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.

 

2019 - 2020 National Youth Parliament of Jamaica 

With the challenges presented to the Government of Jamaica (GOJ) by the COVID-19 Pandemic, they National Youth Parliament Programme has made shifts to ensure that our participants are fully engaged during their tenure and contribute to on-going national dialogue on the pressing issues affecting Jamaican youth.

The NYPJ seeks to :

  1. Encourage youth to follow the stay at home mandates of the GOJ
  2. Offer support and links to online resources for students while they are unable to physically attend classes
  3. Share factual information on the COVID-19 Pandemic
  4. Motivate and encourage youth who are having difficulties during the pandemic
  5. Encourage learning and interaction via social media
  6. Educate participants about the political process in Jamaica
  7. Feature the ongoing work of the NYPJ Covid-19 Response Team
  8. Gather information and offer solutions to issues Jamaica will face post COVID-19

 

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2018 - 2019 National Youth Parliament of Jamaica

 

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2017 - 2018 National Youth Parliament of Jamaica 

 

 

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2016 National Youth Parliament of Jamaica 
 
 
National Youth Parliament Jamaica Ministry of Education Youth and Information

 

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