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  • The Ministry of Youth and Culture is expanding its programme to focus on the personal development of the country’s young people.
  • The first workshop, which will begin with a group of 30 young people, will take place at the Ministry’s Office, 4-6 Trafalgar Road, in New Kingston, while the Youth Information Centres (YICs) islandwide will stage their own set of monthly sessions.
  • Since 2012 the Ministry of Youth and Culture has impacted and trained over 51,000 young people through its programmes at the YICs, the National Youth Service, the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission and other cultural agencies.

The Ministry of Youth and Culture is expanding its programme to focus on the personal development of the country’s young people.

Starting on January 29, the Ministry will host a series of training workshops on health and wellness, social graces and etiquette, social media practices, wardrobe presentation, skin care, public speaking, self-discipline, self-motivation and critical thinking.

The first workshop, which will begin with a group of 30 young people, will take place at the Ministry’s Office, 4-6 Trafalgar Road, in New Kingston, while the Youth Information Centres (YICs)  islandwide will stage their  own set of monthly sessions.

In addition to the workshops, there will be a social media campaign. Videos of the various training sessions will also be uploaded on the Ministry’s website.

Persons interested in the workshops at the Ministry are being asked to register online. Persons can also contact the Ministry via its website, www.myc.gov.jm or by telephone at 978-7654 for further details of the programme.

Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, told JIS News that participants will be chosen from all strata of society.

“We have no set persons in mind. They can come through different communities; they can come from different strata. We will divide the groups into 14 to 17 and 18 to 21 and the courses will run over a period of time. It will be after school and we will have different volunteers that will come in,” she explained.

Ms. Hanna said the Ministry will be utilizing the skills of volunteers to conduct some of the training sessions in an effort to save resources.

“I will do some of the training, because this is something that I used to do and I realized that even as Minister it is one of the things that I could do to engage that kind of training,” she said, adding that the Ministry will appreciate support from corporate Jamaica.

Giving reasons for hosting the workshops, Minister Hanna said:  “A lot of our young women and young men have extremely low self-esteem and low self-confidence and because of that they don’t know how to motivate themselves, they don’t know how to get up in the morning and figure out how to make their way, even when they have their subjects, so it is for us to teach them and guide them to find those mechanisms to do it.”

Since 2012 the Ministry of Youth and Culture has impacted and trained over 51,000 young people through its programmes at the YICs, the National Youth Service, the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission and other cultural agencies.