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Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Olivia Grange, has called on all Jamaicans to give greater support to the youth of the country.
Minister Grange made the call at the Prime Minister’s Youth Awards for Excellence ceremony, organised by the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture through the National Centre for Youth Development, on Sunday (Dec. 6) at Emancipation Park in Kingston.
At the function, 27 youth from across the country were recognised for outstanding achievement in academics, agriculture, arts & culture, entrepreneurship, journalism, leadership, sports, and youth in service.
Minister Grange said all the nominees were outstanding young people who had achieved much because they received the requisite support.
Minister Grange said: “The successes of our young people can be linked to the support that they have received from various quarters: the support of Government; the support of communities; and, most importantly, the support of family.
“Let there be no mistake about the invaluable role that families and communities have played in moulding our young people into the achievers that many of them are today. The family and community are the primary socialisation agents and as the Minister for Youth; I urge all Jamaicans to give greater support to our young people.”
Minister Grange emphasised Government’s commitment to support and facilitate the development of the youth. “The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture provides a support mechanism for our youth to develop and achieve. Our vision is that each young person, whatever their background or circumstance, must get support to be healthy, safe, educated, to be responsible, to make positive contributions to society, to enjoy a good quality of life, to enjoy their youth,” she stated.
The theme for this year’s Prime Minister’s Youth Awards for Excellence ceremony was ‘Jamaican Youth, Embracing Support’.
There was a new award this year, the Prime Minister’s Youth Organisation Service Award, which was won by the RISE Life Management Services, a non-governmental organisation that empowers young people to make healthy lifestyle choices.
Sixteen (16) other awards were presented.
The full list of awardees are:Academics – Kerri-Ann Allen, Zurie Johnson, Olivia RoseAgriculture – Kevaughn BonnerArts and Culture – Christopher GordonEntrepreneurship – Daniella HydeJournalism – Donald Oliver, Andrew WildesLeadership – Siaelda GreenSports – Shericka Williams, Nesta Carter, Kaliese Spencer,Chadwick Walton, National Synchronised Swimming team (ShannonMarch, Tashna Smith Edwards and Michelle-Ann Gabbadon)Youth in Service – Ryan Small, Sean HyltonPrime Minister’s Youth Organisation Service Award – RISE Life Management Services

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