- Since 2012 the Ministry of Youth and Culture has impacted and trained over 51,000 young people through its programmes at the Youth Information Centres, the National Youth Service (NYS), the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) and other cultural agencies.
- These initiatives will work in tandem with existing technical training.
- The Ministry's decision to focus on these issues has resulted from the Minister's day to day interactions with young people.
Since 2012 the Ministry of Youth and Culture has impacted and trained over 51,000 young people through its programmes at the Youth Information Centres, the National Youth Service (NYS), the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) and other cultural agencies.
In keeping with its mandate the Ministry will this month introduce a number of new programmes and initiatives which will focus on personal development for Jamaica’s young people in areas such as: health and wellness, social graces and etiquette, social media practices, wardrobe presentation, skin care, public speaking, self-discipline, self-motivation and critical thinking. These initiatives will work in tandem with existing technical training.
The Ministry’s decision to focus on these issues has resulted from the Minister’s day to day interactions with young people.
“Based on my interactions on the corners and in the schools I have seen that, the lack of exposure and low self-esteem are hindering many young people. Our Jamaican youth have tremendous talent, what many lack is the right attitude, discipline and value system. In a number of instances their low self-esteem has led many, especially our young girls, to get involved unconsciously in dangerous practices that lead them into abusive relationships,” said the Honourable Lisa Hanna, Minister of Youth and Culture.
She added that they then develop deluded concepts of what they need to do in order to become successful.
“Many of them don’t have persons to help with guidance and mentorship in these areas and that is why as their Youth Minister I am leading this charge. Once we help to correct their low self-confidence we will produce more well-rounded and outstanding citizens who would have developed a renewed level of positive self-image and identity,” she added.
The programmes and activities that are offered by the Ministry have aided many young people, however, the Ministry has realized that it needs to go further and more practical in solving various social issues.
On January 29, 2016, the Ministry will host its first training course on health and wellness at its offices in New Kingston with a group of 30 young persons, while each YIC will conduct its own set of monthly sessions. For the courses being held at the Ministry persons will be asked to register online.
In addition, there will be a social media campaign; running throughout each month giving young people the opportunity to learn from the videos uploaded from the various sessions that will be conducted.
In an effort to save valuable resources the Minister will conduct the training and the sessions at the Ministry, with a host of volunteers. Each monthly session will be used to empower and encourage the nation’s youth to mature into their best selves.
Over the years the Ministry has sought new and innovative ways of addressing the issues affecting young people and therefore the roll out of these new initiatives should come as no surprise.