Youth Month Celebration Begins

Date Published: 
Wednesday, November 2, 2011

KINGSTON, October 31, 2011: The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture will be engaging with and highlighting the achievements and contribution of young people through a series of special activities to mark Youth Month in November.


The Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Honourable Olivia Grange, MP said the theme for Youth Month 2011 will be ‘Young and Creative, Bold and Innovative’. 


Minister Grange said the theme was an “appropriate description of several of Jamaica’s young people who are making exceptional contributions in their own way to national development.”  


Miss Grange said that the Ministry, principally through the National Centre for YouthDevelopment, would be celebrating youth achievement during the Month, but “importantly too we will be engaging youth, particularly youth at risk, and helping them to find themselves and realise their potential, so that they will truly become creative, bold and innovative.”


Among the activities planned for Youth Month is the launch of the NCYD website, which will take place on November 1 at the Courtleigh Hotel.  The Minister of State in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture Senator the Honourable Warren Newby said the website would not only highlight “Government’s youth services and youth development initiatives” but would also “provide information about employment and entrepreneurial opportunities.”


This year, the Ministry is also facilitating a series of face-to-face meetings between youth leaders and Government Ministers.  Minister Grange said the planned interactive sessions are part of the Ministry’s effort to “include youth in the decision-making process.”


According to Minister Grange, “I am anticipating these sessions with our youth leaders.  I know they will pose very thoughtful, very important, and difficult questions and concerns; we will present our programmes and plans; and hopefully we will all benefit from the exchanges as we build a better Jamaica.”


Other activities include:Youth Gospel Explosion Concert to be held November 5  in Port Antonio Square, Portland; International Students’ Day commemoration at Aabuthnott Gallimore High School in St. Ann on November 17; and a Youth Health and Sports Fair on November 26 in St. Elizabeth.  


The NCYD will also organise and facilitate a Youth Opportunity Fair in Portmore, St. Catherine and International Volunteers’ Day activities in December.


The Prime Minister’s Youth Awards will be given in January.