JIS News

The new deadline for the submission of nominations for the Prime Minister’s Youth Award is Sunday, October 31.
This is the third time that the deadline has been extended by the National Centre for Youth Development (NCYD).
Speaking with JIS News, Youth Information Specialist, NCYD, Rochelle Brooks said there is need for more applications in the categories of agriculture, sports and journalism. She noted, too, that there are not many entries in the Youth Organisation Service Award that was introduced to recognise organisations that have impacted youth development.
“Looking through the nominations that came in, we found that there were not many in the areas of agriculture, sports, journalism, international achievement as well as the youth organisation service award, which is honouring organisations that serve young people between 15 and 24 years old,” she said.
Miss Brooks explained that nominees should display a high level of excellence in their particular field. For example, she said persons nominated under the Youth in Service category “would have to make tremendous contribution or significantly impacted their community over a period of time.” She said that relevant documents, such as profiles and references must be submitted with the forms to verify that work was done.
She pointed out that there are many young persons who are excelling in various fields, especially in the agricultural sector.
“For example, we have young people who have their own farms and they have made it into something that is profitable and they have employed other young people,” she said.
Miss Brooks said that nomination forms can be collected and submitted at the NCYD, 16A Half-Way Tree Road, Kingston; National Youth Service Office, 6 Collins Green Avenue; Social Development Commission offices islandwide and the NCYD Information Centres in St. Ann, St Mary, St. James, Portmore, Kingston and Portland.
Forms can also be downloaded at the NCYD’s Facebook page, ncydjamaica and national centre for youth development as well as the Prime Minister’s Youth Awards 2010 Facebook page.
The Prime Minister’s Youth Award is the highest honour bestowed on Jamaicans between the ages of 15 and 24, who have achieved national and international distinction in the categories of sports, youth in service, arts and culture, academics, agriculture, leadership, journalism, international achievement and entrepreneurship.
The award aims to motivate each awardee through positive re-enforcement and recognition and gives all recipients an opportunity to optimise their growth and development.

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