Youth News

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Hanover Youth Information Centre has sought to forge partnerships towards exploiting the positive youth development potential of sports. On July 14, 2017, HYIC Comes Alive was hosted at the centre, under the expert guidance of GC Foster College lecturer, Mr. Dinsford Bailey. The session targeted YIC users including teen parents, unattached youth and youth with disabilities, and focused on health and wellness through sports.

The...

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Westmoreland Youth Empowerment Officer Mellissa Stoddart has sought to fully utilise the summer months for engaging young persons from volatile and underserved communities across the parish. For July 2017, Stoddart engaged approximately 200 young persons through a series of empowerment sessions and through the leveraging of partnerships with other social services providers in Westmoreland.

Research has established that exposure to the...

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Young persons from Portland were out in their numbers as they commenced their celebration of International Youth Day at their parish's Youth Information Centre on Friday August 11, 2017. International Youth Day is officially celebrated on August 12 each year. For 2017, the Day was commemorated under the theme: "Youth Building Peace".

Throughout the day, the young persons engaged in a number of activities including...

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Clarendon Youth Information Centre has been actively working to build the capacity of youth within the parish for starting and sustaining business endeavours. During May 2017, the YIC was able to implement two 3-day training workshops on Generating Business Ideas, and on Sales and Marketing.

The Generating Business Ideas Training Workshop was the result of a partnership between the Youth and...

Monday, June 19, 2017

Young Jamaicans between the ages 15-29 years who have achieved excellence in their field of endeavour can now be nominated for the Prime Minister's National Youth Awards for Excellence. The Awards which was first instituted in 1998 has not been held since 2013. For this year, nominations are being sought in twelve categories, and will close on August 31, 2017. 

Hon. Floyd Green, State...

Friday, June 16, 2017

The month of May 2017 saw over 600 young persons from Hanover being supported by Youth Empowerment Officer, Donmarie Latouche. Seven Empowerment Sessions were hosted across the parish during the month, focusing particularly on career development and discipline and parenting.

To start the month, Latouche facilitated a job readiness session and mock interviews at the Hopewell High School on May 1. This session targeted Grades 10 and 11,...

Friday, June 16, 2017

Seventeen young parents (including one teen father) were recently engaged through the St. James Youth Information Centre, as the YIC sought to build their capacity for quality parenting. Youth Empowerment Officer Damian Green explained that through the workshop, participants examined some of the challenges associated with parenting, and were provided with best practices for overcoming these challenges. 

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Jamaica Union of Tertiary Students (JUTS) will soon have a new president. Dimitri McGregor, the former head of the University of Technology Students' Union was recently elected by his peers to lead the JUTS for the period 2017-2019.  McGregor will officially take office in August 2017, and will succeed Germaine Bryan who has served since 2015. 

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Throughout May 2017, a number of initiatives have been held across the island as Jamaica commemorated Child Month. St. James Youth Parliamentarian Shavone Smith thought it necessary to move beyond merely providing treats to children during the month, and implement a project that would have a positive and indelible impact on students at her alma mater, Somerton Alll-Age and Infant School.

The week-long project which started on May 15...

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Young people in St. James now have the opportunity to access training in film-making through the St. James Youth Information Centre. Currently, 17 young persons are enrolled in the programme, and are accessing training in screenwriting, cinematography, directing, pre-production, post-production and the art of acting.

The initiative is being faciliated by young filmmaker Dario Shields, with training for the current cohort ending in July...