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  • Ten young persons have been selected as ambassadors for positive social change under the Governor-General’s I Believe Initiative (IBI).
  • The IBI is a service-oriented programme, which emphasises youth upliftment, positive family values and education.
  • The ambassadors were selected from several institutions across the island, including Ardenne and St. Andrew High schools, the University of the West Indies (UWI) as well as the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

Ten young persons have been selected as ambassadors for positive social change under the Governor-General’s I Believe Initiative (IBI).

The IBI is a service-oriented programme, which emphasises youth upliftment, positive family values and education.

The 2016 IBI ambassadors were installed at a luncheon held on November 29 at Spanish Court Hotel, in New Kingston.

In his address, Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, said the Initiative, which has gained national recognition and increased popularity since its inception in 2013, is testament to the active participation of youth in nation building through social change.

“Since the launch of the I Believe Ambassadors programme three years ago, nearly 200 ambassadors from across Jamaica have been inducted on the basis of the various activities they conduct, and because of the inspiration and passion they have to serve their fellow men and participate in the development of this country,” he said.

The Governor-General pointed out that the young people are doing their part to inspire individuals and build stronger communities.

“Many of our I Believe ambassadors are involved in other social and service programmes and I want to encourage you to use those platforms to help increase the IBI’s visibility and national identity,” he said.

The Governor-General commended the new ambassadors for their selfless service and encouraged them to continue to contribute to social reform through their projects.

The ambassadors were selected from several institutions across the island, including Ardenne and St. Andrew High schools, the University of the West Indies (UWI) as well as the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

A delegation from the Chinese embassy, led by the Ambassador, His Excellency Niu Qingbao, as well as Custodes of several parishes, attended the function.

The IBI forms part of the Governor-General’s Programme for Excellence (GGPE), which began in 1991 under the leadership of the late former Governor-General, Sir Howard Cooke.

This programme recognises Jamaicans 35 years and older who have overcome socio-economic and other challenges to achieve success and are making substantial contribution to national development.