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  • Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, is encouraging young people seeking jobs, to instead, look to create their own employment.
  • Minister Hanna was addressing the final presentation ceremony for the NYS’ Entrepreneurship Competition ‘The Pitch’ held on Thursday (Dec. 4), at the New Kingston Conference Centre.
  • Ms. Hanna noted that the Government, through its youth agencies and departments, is seeking to directly impact about 12,000 lives this year through various empowerment programmes. She said the entrepreneurship competition is one such initiative that is “creating that next generation of job creators”.

Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, is encouraging young people seeking jobs, to instead, look to create their own employment.

She said the National Youth Service (NYS) offers training programmes for entrepreneurs and urged them to take advantage of those opportunities.

Minister Hanna was addressing the final presentation ceremony for the NYS’ Entrepreneurship Competition ‘The Pitch’ held on Thursday (Dec. 4), at the New Kingston Conference Centre.

Stating that “now is the best time for young people to take risks,” she cited opportunities in farming, shipping, logistics, as well as Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

“It is the best time in the world’s environment to take risks. It is also the best time in the Jamaican economy. (It) is moving in a direction for you to be able to take the risk, especially where the interest rates are…we are putting in the kind of fiscal controls that allow you to have a degree of stability and courage to take risks,” she said.

Ms. Hanna noted that the Government, through its youth agencies and departments, is seeking to directly impact about 12,000 lives this year through various empowerment programmes. She said the entrepreneurship competition is one such initiative that is “creating that next generation of job creators”.

Executive Director of the NYS, Melvin Smith, said the competition is in keeping with the agency’s continued commitment to empowering young people.

“Our entrepreneurship commitment… mandates us to facilitate the provision of work experience for young persons with a view to their employment whether that employment is with an existing organisation, self-employment or through full-fledged entrepreneurship, which is creating jobs for one’s self or others,” he noted.

The competition is the culmination of the NYS’ Entrepreneurship Programme in which participants were coached and engaged for six months in business planning and management activities.

During the competition, the participants were tutored by a business coach and paired with mentors, who reviewed and provided advice on how to strengthen their business plans and prepare for the final presentation (the pitch).

Kawaine Anderson was declared the winner, and walked away with $300,000 to invest in his business, Golden Palate Event Supplies and Services.

Second place went to Akime Honeyghan, who received $200,000 to expand his fashion business, Kindrick Fashionz; while third place went to Shakiria Scott, who received $100,000 for her business, Seven Stars Stationary Supply Store and Homework Centre.

The Entrepreneurship Programme provides youth aged 17 to 24 with the opportunity to strengthen their entrepreneurial capacity through mentoring, technical support and seed funding towards developing their business.

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