Plans Well Underway for Youth Advisory Committee

Date Published: 
Friday, September 2, 2016

State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, the Honourable Floyd Green has indicated that the process for establishing a National Youth Advisory Committee.

In his Sectoral Presentation to the House of Representatives, Minister Green had indicated that the Committee was being proposed as a means of facilitating continuous engagement of young people in the youth development policy and programming actions of the Government. According to the Minister, the committee is now very close to becoming a reality as interviews for potential members are now being conducted.

Applications for membership on the committee were opened to young persons aged 18-29 in June, 2016. Almost 200 applications were received by the Ministry from youth across Jamaica who had a clear passion of community and national development efforts. A selection panel consisting primarily of representatives of national youth groups, in addition to representatives from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information and the private sector are now completing the interview process for selection of the committee members.
Minister Green notes that “the Youth Advisory Committee is one mechanism through which the Government is partnering with youth to ensure the full integration of youth views and priorities in national policy and development strategies.”
He added, “I strongly believe that youth can be an engine for driving economic growth, and their engagement through this and other initiatives will build youth capacities for promoting positive social change”.

The National Youth Advisory Committee is expected to host their first meeting by the end of September. The Committee will play a lead role in the planning and execution of the National Youth Parliament. A sitting of the National Youth Parliament will be convened in November as part of Youth Month celebrations.