JIS News

More than 500 young people participated in the National Centre for Youth Development’s (NCYD) Southern Youth Run, which took place from November 5-7 as part of activities to mark Youth Month.
The event, which was a run against crime and violence, started in Ferry, Westmoreland and passed through the parishes of St. Elizabeth and Manchester before ending in May Pen, Clarendon two days later. The runners, who were drawn from secondary schools and youth clubs, were joined by a number of young people along the route. At stops at Ferry, Jerky’s in Manchester and the Tiger Mart Service Station in May Pen, the youngsters benefitted from career information and motivational tips, while being entertained by popular artistes.
Youth Empowerment Officer with the NCYD for the parish of Manchester, Charlene McClockin, told JIS News, that the event was organised to show young people that opportunities exist outside of crime.
“This year’s run was against crime. The information provided at the various stops where we had financial and educational institutions have motivated them to seek existing avenues to move forward and for lasting careers, which are not talked about everyday. Of note too, was the entertainment by popular recording artistes, who performed motivational songs at two different locations,” she informed.
Meanwhile, Youth Empowerment Officer for the parish of St. Elizabeth, Percival Arthurs, said he was encouraged by the number of persons who turned out, and the interest that was shown during the information section of the run.
He said that in addition to “the ones that we organized to participate in the event, what is most encouraging is the many other youth who joined us as we marched and ran. They came and listened to the information that was given on various training and career paths that are profitable. In all, if we do our work, young people will respond and make a difference.”
This year’s Youth Month activities, being celebrated under the theme: ‘I Can, We Can, Youth Can Achieve Greatness’, are being co-ordinated by the NCYD, the youth division of the Ministry of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports.

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