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Parliamentary Secretary with responsibility for Youth in the Ministry of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, Senator Warren Newby, has urged the nation’s youth to become more involved in social activities.
He made the appeal at a recent JIS Think Tank session, held to inform the nation of the activities planned in observance of National Youth Month, which is being observed throughout November.
He urged the youth to register with the National Centre for Youth Development while assuring that the Ministry is taking a firm stance in regards to the issue of unattached youth. “We want to end this business of unattached youth, so we are saying – you, take the initiative. We expect that you are going to be the change agents, to look at where Jamaica is today, to look at where you want Jamaica to be and to know that the change starts with you – the man in the mirror,” he emphasized.
Senator Newby urged the youth to “get involved… now is the time to put your clubs together. Whether it is for playing video games, .sports, environmental activism, church, entrepreneurship or academics, organize yourselves and register with the National Centre for Youth Development”.
He also advised young people to consult the youth empowerment officers who are stationed island wide for assistance. “Anywhere that you are in Jamaica, we will come to give you the assistance that you need to properly formulate your clubs,” he informed.
National Youth Month is being celebrated under the theme, ‘I Can, We Can and Youth Can Achieve Greatness’. This theme, the Parliamentary Secretary informed, encapsulates the energies of the youth “to say to them that it is in you that this greatness is, that you are seeking, and what is desired of you is to have that will to recognize that you have that potential and to develop the attitude that is necessary to grow you into greatness.”
On Monday November 10, young people from across the island will get the opportunity to voice their concerns in relation to abortion, prostitution, youth mainstreaming, and casino gambling at the sitting of Youth Parliament.