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This year’s Youth Month, to be celebrated in November under the theme: ‘Jamaican Youth.Shaping the World’, will be packed with activities designed specifically for young people.
Ohene Blake, Director of the National Centre for Youth Development (NCYD), said Youth Month 2005 would focus on the positive contribution young people were making in Arts and Culture, Sports, Academics, Leadership and Technology.
Addressing the launch of the month’s activities at a press breakfast held at the Courtleigh Hotel on October 21, Mr. Blake said Youth Month would stir a national discussion around understanding self and purpose.
“The Jamaican youth is talented, gifted, creative, innovative and hardworking and is a catalyst for social change if rightly guided,” he emphasized.He noted that the highlight of the month’s activities would be the Prime Minister’s National Youth Awards for Excellence and the Jamaican Youth in Concert, which would feature a surprise international act.
This is scheduled to be held on Sunday, December 4.The main aim of this award, Mr. Blake noted, was to recognize excellence in arts and culture, leadership, sports, agriculture, service, entrepreneurship, academics and journalism.
The month-long events will commence with a National Church Service to be held on October 30 at the First Born Church in Toll Gate, Clarendon. This will be followed by the launch of ‘Skills for Life’, a collaborative venture of the 3Ds Project, which assists needy young persons, and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which will be held at the Hilton Kingston Hotel on Tuesday, November 1; a Youth Gleaner Editors Forum on November 2, followed by a Youth Opportunity Expo to be held at the Ewarton Sports Club on November 3.
A National Youth Parliament will be held at Gordon House on November 7 and will include young persons from a wide cross section of society. International Students Day will be held at the Montego Bay Community College on November 17, followed by the Annual General Meeting of the National Youth Council to be held at the Northern Caribbean University on November 20.
The ‘Lessons for Life’ regional competition will be held from November 21 to 25, while top Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) students from across the region will visit from November 30 to December 2.