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  • Hundreds of young people are set to benefit from training and employment opportunitiesas part of activities for Youth Month 2013.
  • Portfolio Minister, Hon. Lisa Hanna, said Youth Month 2013 will not only focus on empowerment, but also on change.
  • The NYS, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, will also implement 40 community-based projects, which promise to empower and utilise the skills of youths across the island.

Hundreds of young people are set to benefit from training and employment opportunities over the course of the next few months, as part of activities for Youth Month 2013.

The event, which is being coordinated by the Ministry of Youth and Culture, through its various agencies, will be celebrated from November 1 to December 1 under the theme: ‘Reset di ting! The Courage to do things differently’.

Speaking at the launch held at 689 by Brian Lumley in New Kingston on October 14, Portfolio Minister, Hon. Lisa Hanna, said Youth Month 2013 will not only focus on empowerment, but also on change.

Ms. Hanna said, as the theme suggests, the objective of this year’s activities is to “reset and rework the cultural mindset” of Jamaica’s youth, many of whom believe “‘a jus so di ting set’, that they were boxed in and that they were lost and cannot find themselves.”

Ms. Hanna noted that, the aim of the Ministry of Youth “is now to encourage them to change their cultural and emotional mindset, to get into a space to ‘reset the ting’. We have to inspire, motivate and educate and to really put them on a path that will take them in another direction.”

Activities will include a Graduate Work Programme to be launched on October 15. The programme, which is being coordinated by the National Youth Service (NYS), aims to place 100 young, tertiary-level graduates in jobs by November 18. The overall objective is to place 300 unemployed, tertiary-level graduates in jobs by the end of the year.

Also, there will be a National Empowerment Fair to be held on November 7 that will showcase the talents and achievements of young entrepreneurs, such as Brian Lumley and Keneea Linton-George.

The NYS, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, will also implement 40 community-based projects, which promise to empower and utilise the skills of youths across the island.

“We will also be having a typical ‘shark tank’ in the coming months where we will be training young people on how to write business plans. A number of private sector individuals will be putting together equity, so that young people can pitch their ideas to those persons and get funding for that,” Ms. Hanna informed.

A youth summit will also be hosted by the Ministry, which aims to facilitate dialogue among policy makers, public and private sector stakeholders and youths. The aim of the summit is to encourage young people to voice their concerns and opinions on various national issues.

The National Centre for Youth Development (NCYD) will also be officially opening several of its Youth Information Centres (YIC), including two centres in Westmoreland and Clarendon.

The primary objectives of Youth Month are to: advance youth participation in the socio-political, economic, cultural and religious processes of society; celebrate and highlight the outstanding contributions and achievements of Jamaican youth; showcase and display the best of youth talent in Jamaica; promote national pride and goodwill; foster national, community and youth development; and empower youth, through initiatives, for their economic and social development.