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  • The National Council for Youth Development (NCYD) in collaboration with the Social Development Commission (SDC) will be conducting a national youth club survey and audit to ascertain the capacity of the clubs, as part of efforts to restructure community-based youth organisations.
  • This is according to Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, Senator Warren Newby, who was making his contribution to the State of the Nation debate during Friday's (February 5) sitting of the Senate.
  • He said that the survey and audit, which is one of several initiatives being undertaken by the NCYD to support the growth and strengthening of youth clubs, will also ascertain the capability of the state apparatus and that of Non-Government Organisations (NGO), and instruct a policy on sustainable

The National Council for Youth Development (NCYD) in collaboration with the Social Development Commission (SDC) will be conducting a national youth club survey and audit to ascertain the capacity of the clubs, as part of efforts to restructure community-based youth organisations.

This is according to Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, Senator Warren Newby, who was making his contribution to the State of the Nation debate during Friday’s (February 5) sitting of the Senate.

He said that the survey and audit, which is one of several initiatives being undertaken by the NCYD to support the growth and strengthening of youth clubs, will also ascertain the capability of the state apparatus and that of Non-Government Organisations (NGO), and instruct a policy on sustainable

Senator Newby pointed out that the National Youth Council (NYC), which was formed in 2004 to serve as the umbrella organisation for the youth club movement, has, since that time, not had a constitution to govern its operations. Therefore, a national consultation on a constitution for the NYC is another initiative that is being undertaken by the NCYD.

The NCYD is the youth division of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, and works to promote the empowerment of youth and to advocate for “A series of parish meetings for consideration on the draft constitution are being conducted since January (this year). Post this, we expect that ratification of the document will take place in March,” he said.

Senator Newby pointed out that following the ratification of the constitution, election for officers is proposed for May this year. “An electronic voter system has been developed and tested for the execution of these elections. Miss Tracy-Ann Johns, a youth ambassador, designed the system and this process will be fully supported by the Electoral Office of Jamaica,” he said.

He noted too that a series of workshops will commence this month (February) in order to enhance the ability of the youth clubs to sustain themselves and to act as surrogates to the implementation of the National Youth Policy. The topics to be covered include: leadership, project writing, social venture financing and advocacy.

Senator Newby further informed that young persons will receive training and officers elected to participate in the engagement of the youth club movement towards achieving the Vision 2030 objectives.

He said that with the restructuring of the youth clubs, they will be used to promote literacy and numeracy and the attainment of matriculation, “which translates to at least five Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) subjects and or certification in vocational areas as goals for every member of the youth club movement in Jamaica”. He added that the Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning is to assist with the roll out of this initiative.

The Senator noted that the youth clubs will also be used as a means of promoting wellness; environmental stewardship; youth and social entrepreneurship; disaster management and mitigation; and sports and culture.

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