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  • The month was celebrated under the theme: ‘Reset di Ting': The courage to do things differently’.
  • Several activities were held during the month including discussion sessions with young people, dubbed ‘Pon Di Corner’.
  • There is the realization that a month of activities is not enough and so a series of activities will be held over several months targeted at the nation’s youth.

Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, has hailed the National Youth Month observances in November as a success.

“This Youth Month has been one that we have been very proud of…because we took an approach, which symbolized that we were listening to our young people coming out of our national consultations earlier this year and last year….,” she said.

Minister Hanna was addressing a media briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister on December 3, to announce the opening of nominations for the Prime Minister’s National Youth Awards For Excellence.

The month was celebrated under the theme: ‘Reset di Ting’: The courage to do things differently’, which Minister Hanna noted was very important.

“We decided that we would have a campaign not only for Youth Month but as a general principle going forward that we were going to reset our approaches, our dialogue as a country, using the Ministry of Youth and Culture and using our youth as a catalyst for real change,” Ms. Hanna said.

Several activities were held during the month including discussion sessions with young people, dubbed ‘Pon Di Corner’.

The Minister said that coming out of the dialogue, “we recognized that our young people were clear (on what they wanted); that to them they wanted a society where they could be productive, where they could evolve, where they could develop and where they really felt that they could have a very special place for moving this country forward.”

She noted that there is the realization that a month of activities is not enough and so a series of activities will be held over several months targeted at the nation’s youth.

The Prime Minister’s National Youth Awards For Excellence are bestowed on young Jamaicans between the ages of 15 and 24 years, who have excelled in the categories of academics, agriculture, the arts and culture, entrepreneurship, journalism, leadership, sports, youth in service, international achievement, and youth work.

The Minister also used the occasion to introduce the new National Youth Council of Jamaica (NYCJ) President, Nacadian Jones of the Burnt Ground Youth Club in St. Elizabeth, to the press.

The NYCJ represents community youth groups across the island. Mr. Jones was elected at the NYCJ’s national elections on November 30 and will lead the organisation for the next two years.

Acting Director, National Centre for Youth Development (NCYD), Andrene Blackwin, assured that youth leadership in Jamaica “is alive and well.”

“We have a core of young people who are committed. There is excellence all around us. There is excellence in service, there is excellence in leadership,” she stated.

She noted too that another core of young people are coming up through the National Secondary Students Council body “so Jamaica is in good hands”.