Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, Senator Warren Newby, has called on Jamaican youths to reach within their own resolve and become self-reliant in their transformation.
“I want to encourage our young people to reject negativism and use their creative abilities to shape the Jamaica in which they want to live; to end this mission of tearing down everything that they come into contact with, to reject this constant diet that is being fed to them that there is nothing good in themselves and there is nothing good in their country,” Senator Newby said.
He was addressing the official opening of the Marcus Garvey Youth Information Centre (YIC), St. Ann’s Bay, on Thursday (August 19).
Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, Senator Warren Newby (left) and Representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Robert Fuderich, plant a tree at the official opening of the Marcus Garvey Youth Information Centre in St. Ann on Thursday (August 19).
He said that he was pleased to participate in the opening of the Centre, which represents the second such completed project for the National Centre for Youth Development (NCYD) over the last couple of years.
Senator Newby said that during the month of September two other YICs will be opened in Manchester and Westmoreland. Under the comprehensive building programm, construction work was in progress for the Santa Cruz Centre, expected to be completed by next March.
“We are about to break ground in Spanish Town and we are about to break ground in May Pen for those two centres, under the Inter- American Development Bank (IDB) programme,” Senator Newby added.
He thanked the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for their contribution to the establishment of the YICs, and urged users of the facility to take the best care of it.
UNICEF representative, Robert Fuderich, said that young people were not just the nation’s future, but also its present.
“Even if we get one youth information centre per parish, it would still not be enough to provide the necessary safe space for young people to learn, laugh and socialize and to dream,” he stated.
He said that from his visits to YICs across the island, he had seen first-hand the centres being fully utilised and seem to be making a difference.
The Marcus Garvey Youth Information Centre is located on Owen Sound Drive in St. Ann’s Bay. The facility, named in honour of National Hero, The Rt. Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey, is a project of the NCYD, the youth arm of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture.
Among the features are: a cyber centre with over 14 computers; rap room, where young people can share ideas; an area for physically-challenged youth; and a Garvey memorial area, which will provide information on Garvey’s life and work.