JIS News

The National Youth Service (NYS) summer employment programme for the parish of St. James, was officially launched in Montego Bay on July 16, with some 168 young persons selected to participate in the programme.
They will be placed in various participating businesses and organizations across the parish for three weeks, during which they will be paid a stipend, to assist with back-to-school purchases for the new school term in September.
Addressing the launching ceremony at the Montego Bay Civic Centre, Executive Director of the NYS, Rev. Adinhair Jones said the need had never been greater for highly mobilized and organized young people in the country.
“It is agreed that a critical mass is required to broaden and accelerate social change in the Jamaican society. The persons most likely to change are children and youth as they are more teachable. The building of a critical mass is underway,” Rev. Jones noted.
“Over the past 10 years, more than 15,000 youth have participated in the NYS. This year marks five years since the introduction of the National Summer Employment Programme. On this occasion, we celebrate 24,000 temporary jobs for students at a cost of $210 million. The NYS looks to the multiplier-effect to expand the mass of youth who must become agents of change in the wider society,” he added.
Rev. Jones congratulated the young people who have been selected for employment and urged them to perform well wherever they are placed.
Initiated in 1993, the NYS is aimed at providing meaningful employment for inner city young people. More than 19,000 young Jamaicans have benefited from the NYS.