JIS News

A non-governmental organisation (NGO) that has been making a contribution to the empowerment of Jamaica’s youth will be honoured with a brand new award at the Prime Minister’s Youth Awards for Excellence this weekend.
The new award, ‘The Prime Minister’s Organisation Youth Service Award,’ will be presented at the annual awards ceremony to be held on Sunday, December 6, at Emancipation Park, New Kingston.
Scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m., the event is being organised by the National Centre for Youth Development (NCYD), an agency of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, under the theme: ‘Jamaican Youth Embracing Support’.
Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry, Senator Warren Newby, told JIS News that it is important to recognise the work of organisations that have positively impacted youth development.
“Over the years, we have developed a very active NGO sector in Jamaica in youth work, but so far we have not found it fit to honour them for the contribution that they are making to youth,” he said.
“It is time we begin to recognise the work of these NGOs that are doing so much with so little in communities. I believe the very least that we can do is to honour them at this appropriate time,” he added.
He informed that some five community-based entities that are engaged in youth work have been nominated for the award.
Organisations eligible for this award must have been established for at least three years. Additionally, the organisation should be making an impact on young persons between the ages of 15 to 24 years in the areas of health, education, employment and entrepreneurship, care and protection, participation and empowerment and living environments.
Senator Newby stated that the presentation of the award will be an annual event during the staging of the Prime Minister’s Youth Awards.
According to the Senator, the award will help to foster better relations between the government and the NGOs and let them know that their work is appreciated.
The Prime Minister’s Youth Award is the highest honour bestowed upon Jamaicans between the ages of 15 to 24, who have achieved eminent national and international distinction in the categories of sports, youth in service, the arts and culture, academics, agriculture, leadership, journalism, international achievement and entrepreneurship.

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