National Centre for Youth Development

The National Centre for Youth Development (NCYD), the youth division in the Ministry of Youth & Culture was established in the year 2000 as the Government department with responsibility for young people aged 15 – 24 years throughout the island.

NCYD is responsible for facilitating the co-ordination and integration of programmes, service and activities geared towards youth development, and recommending and designing programmes to enhance and propel youth development.


The primary functions of the Centre are:

  • Policy Formulation and Strategic Planning
  • Programme Development Multi-Sectoral Coordination
  • Research
  • Information Dissemination
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Programme Management
  • Operation Phoenix (Construction & Management of Youth Information Centres)
  • Empowerment and Participation
  • National Secondary Student’s Council
  • Jamaica Youth Ambassadors Programme
  • Jamaica Union of Tertiary Students
  • National Youth Council of Jamaica
  • Youth Month
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