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  • Preparations are far advanced for the Prime Minister’s Youth Award for Excellence, scheduled to take place in April.
  • Details of the award ceremony will be provided by the Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, at a press conference to be held shortly.
  • The nominees include young persons from deep rural Jamaica, inner-city communities, the disabled community and persons living with HIV/AIDS.

Preparations are far advanced for the Prime Minister’s Youth Award for Excellence, scheduled to take place in April.

Details of the award ceremony will be provided by the Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, at a press conference to be held shortly.

Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Youth Award Selection Committee, Ohene Blake, said that 41 outstanding young men and women have been shortlisted as nominees from a total of 124 nominations for the award.

He was speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’, held on Wednesday, March 19, at the agency’s head office on Half-Way-Tree Road, in Kingston.

Mr. Blake noted that the nominees include young persons from deep rural Jamaica, inner-city communities, the disabled community and persons living with HIV/AIDS. “I think they represent the best of the best that Jamaica has to offer and certainly all worthy of commendations,” he added.

The Chairman emphasised that it is important to provide role models to young persons who are transiting from childhood into adulthood. “We want to show them that young men who come from (difficult) circumstances can achieve,” he said.

The Prime Minister’s Youth Award for Excellence recognises young Jamaicans who have contributed to the nation’s development and who have excelled in various areas, including Sport, International Achievement, Academics, Leadership, Arts and Culture, Journalism, Youth in Service, Entrepreneurship and Agriculture.