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Jersey Mike’s Classic To Showcase Brand Jamaica

Brand Jamaica will be on display during the second staging of the Jersey Mike’s Jamaica Classic National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball tournament in St. James. The competition, which will feature eight universities from the United States of America, will be held at  the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose…

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New Executive to be Elected to National Youth Council on November 17

The National Youth Council of Jamaica (NYCJ), which represents community youth groups across the country, will hold elections on Saturday (November 17) to elect a new executive to lead the organisation. This was disclosed by State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, at the…

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Youth Groups to Receive Funding for Refurbishing of Basic Schools

Three youth groups across the island will receive funding for the renovation of three basic schools under the Volunteer Project Competition. The 2018 staging of the competition, part of activities to mark Youth Month, was officially launched on Tuesday (November 13), on the grounds of Jamaica House Basic School in…

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Gov’t to Consider Recommendations from Youth Parliament

The Government will be considering recommendations coming out of Monday’s (November 12) staging of the National Youth Parliament. “Coming out of this exercise, for the first time, I will table in Parliament a document that has all your recommendations, so that Parliament can take note of what the youth have…

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Colonel Miller Says Interest in Youth Development Is His Passion

Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen (left), with Colonel Woodburn Miller (centre) and the Jamaica Combined Cadet Force (JCCF) Commandant, Colonel Errol Johnson, at the reading of the proclamation for the start of the JCCF 75th anniversary celebrations on Thursday, November 1, at King’s House.

It is no coincidence that Colonel Woodburn Miller’s journey as an Educator in 1953 began simultaneously when he signed up as an adult volunteer with the Jamaica Combined Cadet Force (JCCF). According to Colonel Miller, his decades serving in the JCCF and in the education system reflect his interest in…

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Early Stimulation Strategy to Give Children ‘Best Start’ In Life

Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says that the Government’s early-stimulation/intervention strategy, which will be introduced in early-childhood institutions across the island, is aimed at ensuring that children “get the best start in life”. He said that the strategy, which borrows from best practices in…

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255 Young People Benefit from Anti-Gang Sensitisation Sessions

The Ministry of National Security has intensified its efforts to tackle youth involvement in crime with the recent staging of six anti-gang sensitisation sessions. Approximately 255 young people benefited from the sessions, which were held across the island over two weeks from October 25 to November 7. These include youth…

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State Minister Calls on Parents to Look for Signs of Abuse

State Minister for Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, is calling on parents, teachers and caregivers to not only encourage play amongst children, but to look out for the telltale signs of abuse during this activity. Mr. Terrelonge was speaking at a forum focusing on the importance of…

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PM Calls On Youth to Reject Crime and Violence in Communities

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is calling on Jamaica’s youth to reject crime and violence in their communities. He said that young people, as part of their civic duty, have a responsibility to renounce the influence of the dons and gangs and report any criminal activity. “It is…

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Spanish Town Skills Training Centre Serving the Community for 20 Years

For almost 20 years, the Spanish Town Skills Training Centre (STSTC) has been providing training for professionals, at-risk youth, non-certified and unskilled employees and employers, in partnership with the HEART Trust/NTA. Student at the institution, 19-year-old Alexis Dixon, has high praises for the opportunities being provided to her through the…

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Lady Allen Implores Jamaicans to Safeguard Nation’s Youth

Wife of the Governor-General, Her Excellency the Most Hon. Lady Allen, is urging well-thinking Jamaicans to take the necessary steps to safeguard the society’s children and youth, and aid their holistic development. Noting that 33 per cent of the population are children and another 11.8 per cent are youth, aged…

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Focus on Mental Health Issues for Youth Month

Two wellness fairs will be staged this November that will focus on mental issues affecting young people. Minster of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, said that the fairs, which are part of activities for Youth Month, will be held in Hanover and St.…

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Government Committed to Protecting Children

State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, says that the Government is committed to making it easier to treat with the abuse and protection of the nation’s children. According to the State Minister, deliberate efforts have been made to remove some of the bureaucracies…

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Project to Tackle Child Labour at the Community Level

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is working collaboratively with the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) to tackle child labour at the community level. “We will be having a community-level intervention to encourage behaviour change, based on the data revealed in the recent Youth Activity Survey,” said portfolio Minister,…

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November Is Youth Month

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will undertake several activities in observance of November as Youth Month, under the theme ‘Level Up’. Addressing a JIS Think Tank on November 1, State Minister in the Ministry, Hon. Floyd Green,…

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JCCF Celebrates 75th Anniversary

The Jamaica Combined Cadet Force (JCCF) is commemorating its 75th anniversary with the staging of several activities from November 2018 to November 2019. The year-long events will commence on Thursday, November 1, with a Reading of the Proclamation by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen at King’s…

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Emphasis on Parents in November

The National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC) will observe National Parent Month 2018 in November, under the theme ‘Be the Influence’. This is the continuation of a three-year campaign that was launched in 2017 as a call to action for parents to strive to be positive role models in their children’s…

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Senator Calls for Safe-Sex Campaign to Educate Youth

Government Senator Kerensia Morrison says there is need for an aggressive campaign to educate the nation’s youth about unsafe sex and the risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). “With a young generation, many of whose behaviour is of grave concern. we need to address this issue, so that we do…

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JCCF Keen on Steering Youth from Crime

The Jamaica Combined Cadet Force (JCCF) is aiming to tackle crime by engaging the nation’s youth and diverting them from becoming involved in illicit activities. Addressing a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank at the agency’s head office in Kingston, JCCF Adjutant Training Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Simoan Foster, said the…

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