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In just over two weeks, construction will start on a specially designed complex to house the National Centre for Youth Development (NCYD), at Brooks Park in Manchester.
The complex will provide space and equipment to empower young people, in the NYCD’S quest to disseminate critical information to youths in the parish for social development.
Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, Senator Warren Newby, speaking at a recent stakeholders’ forum at the Ewing Lodge Hall, Mandeville, disclosed that funding from the Korea International Corporation (KOICA) and the Inter American Development Bank (IDB) will enable the Agency to carry out its mandate to ensure that all parish capitals across Jamaica have one of the prototype youth centres.
Manchester and Westmoreland will be the first to build. The centres will have, at least, 17 computers each, as well as meeting space and offices for youth empowerment officers, Senator Newby explained.
The facility at Brooks Park is on land donated by the Manchester Parish Council.
“That goes to show that the Council has the interest of young people (at heart), and we really appreciate that,” said Manager of Operation Phoenix at the NYCD, Andrene Blackwin.
“It will consist of a cyber centre area. There will be a resource room with different printed materials, and a multi-purpose room. We have projected usage of about 1500 persons per month and our facilities are free of cost,” she said.

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