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The National Centre for Youth Development (NCYD) is advising the public that the deadline for submitting nominations for the Prime Minister’s Youth Awards for Excellence is next Wednesday, October 19.
In an interview with JIS News, Dr. Donald Rhodd, State Minister with responsibility for Youth, in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Culture said that the awards are given in order to encourage young people to become more involved in national development.
“It (recognition of the youth) falls within the framework of the National Youth Policy, which encourages young people to participate, and one of the focal areas of the Policy speaks to the empowerment and participation of our young people in nation building through their involvement in a number of areas,” he noted.
The Prime Minister’s Youth Awards for Excellence, established in 1998, recognizes young Jamaicans between 15 and 24 years of age, who have excelled in a particular field.
The awards are usually given in the areas of sport, academics, entrepreneurship, agriculture, journalism, culture, arts and community service/leadership.
Awardees must be nominated in one of the selected areas, and a detailed resume provided that speaks to the achievements of the nominee. “The person nominating you must provide a detailed biography on you, demonstrating that you are indeed qualified for the particular area for which you are being nominated,” Dr. Rhodd pointed out. A recommendation and photograph must also be attached to the resume.On being short listed, nominees will be required to participate in an interview for the final selections to be done.
Dr. Rhodd emphasized that the selection process was not solely based on the fact that the nominee had excelled in a particular area but more so on the basis that the individual excelled consistently in that particular area. “The selection process looks at consistency as it relates to the performance of the individual over a period of time.so the criteria really speak to consistent excellence,” Dr. Rhodd explained.
Nomination forms are available in the major newspapers locally, as well as on the website of the Ministry of Education at www.moeyc.gov.jm. Forms must be completed and submitted to the National Centre for Youth Development located at Caenwood Centre, 37 Arnold Road, Kingston 4.
The Prime Minister’s Youth Awards for Excellence will take place on December 4. A venue is to be confirmed.