Youth Policy to be Tabled in July

Date Published: 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The revised National Youth Policy should be tabled in the House of Representatives in July.

Youth and Culture Minister, Hon. Lisa Hanna, made the disclosure during a rap session with youth leaders from Portland on April 26, at the Portland Youth Information Centre.

“The consultants and the oversight committee are in place and we will be tabling the Green Paper in July of this year, so everything is on track for that month,” she informed.

The policy places focus on entrepreneurship, skills training and preparing young people for the world of work in the global village. It is also expected to provide insight into developmental models and programmes for young people.

The revision of the policy is being informed by the findings of the 2010 Jamaica National Youth Survey, which was commissioned by the Government under the Youth Development Programme loan agreement signed with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

At the Rap Session, the young people were able to voice their concerns on a number of issues including education, unemployment, and opportunities for financial aid.