Portmore YIC Celebrates 12th Anniversary

Date Published: 
Friday, July 10, 2015

The Portmore Youth Information Centre was officially opened on July 12, 2003 at the Edgewater Round About in Portmore St. Catherine. A series of activities are planned throughout July and August in commemoration of the 12th anniversary of the opening of the YIC. 

The Portmore YIC was the first Youth Information Centre to be opened in Jamaica, as part of the GOJ's mandate to provide safe spaces for young people to participate in positive youth development activities. On Friday 10, 2015 the centre will launch its celebrations with a Youth Empowerment seminar at the Portmore Youth Information Centre. The users of the centre will participate in youth empowerment sessions and motivational activities.


The Plans for the Month of July and August include:


1. Youth Transformation Seminar

Theme: Continuing the Passage to Youth Empowerment

The first Youth Transformation Seminar will take place on July 10, 2015 to launch the official celebrations of the Portmore Youth Information Centre's Anniversary. This will follow a youth empowerment session on the following Fridays for the month of July. Empowering youth is one of the core services of the youth information centre and responsibility of the Youth Empowerment Officers therefore we see it as an important activity for this celebration.

Venue: Portmore Youth Information Centre, Edgewater Round About, Portmore

Date & Time: 1:30 pm


  • Overview of the Portmore Youth Information Centre and its services.
  • The Power of Volunteerism
  • The Dream (Motivational presentations)
  • Testimonies of PYIC Achievers
  • presentation on Human Trafficking


2. Youth Entrepreneurship Expo

  • Venue: Portmore Youth Information Centre, Edgewater Round About, Portmore
  • Date & Time: July 25th, 2015 at 10:00 am- 2:00 pm


3. Youth Church Service/Concert

Theme: Transforming our Youths Through Faith Based Organizations

The Church Service and Gospel Youth Concert will be a gospel event for youths and will be used to strengthen the relationship of the Portmore Youth Information Centre and faith based youth organizations. Therefore faith based youth organizations will be the main target for this event. However other community based youth organizations will be invited to participate including the St. Catherine Parish Youth Council. This event will involve motivational presentations, musicals, drama and dance performances.

Venue: Faith Assembly of God, Westchester

Date & Time: August 14, 2015/7 PM


4. Climate Change Expo & Talent Competition
The PYIC will partner with the Mitigation Adaptation to Climate Change (MACC) Group which is a new Climate Change group which operates at the Portmore Youth Information. The group will be hosting a Climate Change Expo and fair at the Lions Civic Centre on August 29, 2015. The Portmore Youth Information Center will host a talent competition at this expo and set up a YIC booth to promote the services of the PYIC. The talent competition will give youths with talent the opportunity of entering a competition where they will be given the platform to showcase their natural abilities.

Venue: Lions Civic Centre

Date & Time: August 29, 2015/10am to 5PM


5. Portmore Youth Information Centre Awareness Campaign

The awareness campaign will involve information being posted on facebook, twitter and Instagram about the centre and its services. A video will be developed and posted on YouTube of persons giving testimonies of the impact of the YIC on their lives. Also promotional videos of the services of the Portmore Youth Information Centre.

Venue: Portmore Youth Information Centre

Date: ongoing (this will take place throughout the month of July and August