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  • Fourteen young persons from across the island have been appointed to serve as National Youth Service (NYS) Brand Ambassadors, under the agency’s #IAMNYS Ambassador campaign.
  • The programme aims to establish a network of alumni who will offer volunteer services with the NYS and promote the principles of the organisation.
  • The ambassadors were selected based on leadership qualities and active involvement in their communities, resilience, courage and a positive attitude.

Fourteen young persons from across the island have been appointed to serve as National Youth Service (NYS) Brand Ambassadors, under the agency’s  #IAMNYS Ambassador campaign.

The programme aims to establish a network of alumni who will offer volunteer services with the NYS and promote the principles of the organisation.

The campaign was launched today (November 3), at the Knutsford Court Hotel, in Kingston.

The NYS will also stage one month of activities, to run concurrently with the nationally observed Youth Month, which is celebrated annually in November.

Each parish is represented by one ambassador, with the exception of Kingston and St. Andrew, which has two representatives, with one representing the disabled community.

The ambassadors were selected based on leadership qualities and active involvement in their communities, resilience, courage and a positive attitude.

Along with the Parish Ambassadors, former Festival Queens, Kemesha Kelly and Krystal Tomlinson, as well as Youth Advocate, Aubrey Stewart, have been selected to be the National Ambassadors of the NYS.

Youth and Culture Minister, Hon. Lisa Hanna, who spoke at the launch,   brought greetings to the young ambassadors who attended the ceremony.

“I want to thank the NYS for putting together, as a part of (the Ministry’s) activities for Youth Month, a really creative, purposeful, action-oriented calendar of events that will bolster not only your development, but it will (also) bolster who you are as leaders in this country,” she told them.

Miss Hanna is encouraging young people to get involved in the activities for Youth Month, to be spearheaded by her Ministry.

Activities to be hosted by the NYS islandwide include Youth in Praise church services, panel discussions and consultations on Civic Engagement, Rural Youth and the Economy, Entrepreneurship, Faith and Religion and Persons with Disabilities.

Additionally, the NYS will stage several football competitions and the Youth in Service volunteer initiative.  The month of activities will wind down with the Action Time Youth Concert and the launch of the NYS Mentorship Programme.

For her part, Chairman of the Board of the NYS, Maureen Webber, said the emphasis is to get young persons more actively involved in civic activities.

“We want to get our young persons more engaged and taking ownership of their future through workshops and entrepreneurial activities. It is going to be an incredible month with lots of opportunities across the island to make yourselves heard, to get involved, to get connected and to get into action, ” she told the gathering.

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