Portmore YIC Background

The Portmore Youth Information Centre was opened on Thursday July 10, 2003 by the Honourable PJ Patterson the then Prime Minister of Jamaica. It was a proud day for all those involved and the then Minister of Education and Youth Maxine Henry Wilson and Junior Minister Dr. Donald Rodd beamed as the National Centre for Youth Development’s Operation Phoenix launched yet another milestone of the second YIC in Jamaica. The two 40 feet containers joined together though looking small from the outside its interior was truly a youth friendly haven, with bright colours and posters, music in the background with technology at the fingertips.

The centre, from its inception, had a core group of youth volunteers who assisted the YEOs in developing and coordinating centre activities such as the computer classes that has continue through the YIC’s evolution till today. The staff and volunteer team at the Portmore YIC have consistently positioned the centre as a hub for youth development in Portmore and greater St. Catherine. The centre has been the place where clubs come to get assistance to build their capacity as community based groups, host of interactive empowerment sessions on many and any issue affecting youth, stakeholders come to get assistance from youth development experts.

The YIC has served over 85,000 persons 95% of who are youth, since its inception. Persons travel from the surrounding parishes of Kingston, St. Andrew and even St. Ann and Clarendon to access its services.


Activities of the Portmore YIC

  • CSEC classes in Math, English A, Social Studies, Office Administration, Principles of Business, Human and Social Biology
  • Rehearsal and meeting space for CBYOs
  • Youth Council Meetings
  • Documentary screenings
  • Community Health fair in collaboration Dr. Reddy’s Pharmaceuticals
  • HIV/AIDS Talk Days
  • College Drive – University College of the Caribbean
  • Tax collection and TRN application day
  • Entrepreneurship workshop 

Through the engagement with the Portmore YIC, the Youth Empowerment Officers have been able to assist unattached youth with either job opportunities or training programmes. They assists young people with searching for jobs, applying for jobs and interviewing tips.