National Youth Policy

Jamaica's National Youth Policy was revised in 2017.

The National Youth Policy establishes a framework within which youth can be supported to pursue and achieve their goals. The Policy outlines and explores areas for action, and indicates six priority areas – education and training, health and well-being, employment and entrepreneurship, youth participation, social inclusion and reintegration, and institutional and youth sector arrangements.

By 2030, Jamaica intends to become “The place of choice to live, work, do business and raise families”. Jamaica’s youth are intelligent, ambitious and eager to succeed in life. Altogether, as a country in our differing but  complementary roles, we must meaningfully engage our youth in all aspects of development – otherwise, we all stand to lose and leave the Vision unrealised. 

The intention of this Revised Policy is to present for discussion, what has emerged from a wide range of youth, technical, policy level consultations and review of pertinent studies as to the key issues relating to youth. In particular, the ongoing and current situation of youth, the lived experiences of our youth and their expectations have driven the development of the Vision, Goals and Strategies that are presented in the document.

The strategic framework proposed, is intended to facilitate the collaboration necessary to advance the changes needed in the youth development sector. It is expected that this Policy will allow for the formalization and establishment of relevant programmes and intervention as well as other policies that will promote positive youth development within Jamaica. 

The National Youth Policy presents the importance of youth and youth development, a situational analysis of youth, guiding principles, the national commitments, the policy priorities, goals and strategic objectives. This is followed by the analysis of the policy and legislative environments, and the general implementation strategies. The document concludes an outline of the implementation and monitoring and evaluation mechanisms.