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  • Some 619, 974 young people between the ages of 15 and 24 have benefitted from interventions by the Ministry of Youth and Culture and its agencies during the period between 2012 and 2015.
  • Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna disclosed that face-to-face engagement with youth amounted to 280,049 during the period, while an additional 339,925 were reached via social media.
  • The National Youth Service (NYS) engaged some 48,850 young people through a range of programmes, including the summer employment programme which allowed young persons to gain work experience.

Some 619, 974 young people between the ages of 15 and 24 have benefitted from interventions by the Ministry of Youth and Culture and its agencies during the period between 2012 and 2015.  Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna disclosed that face-to-face engagement with youth amounted to 280,049 during the period, while an additional 339,925 were reached via social media.

 

The National Youth Service (NYS) engaged some 48,850 young people through a range of programmes, including the summer employment programme which allowed young persons to gain work experience. The NYS also offered financial assistance for tertiary education to graduates of its several programmes.

 

The Ministry’s 11 Youth Information Centres (YIC) conducted empowerment and personal development sessions, training in youth leadership and entrepreneurship as well as counselling and employment referrals, benefitting 51,312 young people.  The centres are located in the parishes of Westmoreland, St. James, Hanover, St. Elizabeth, Manchester, Clarendon, St. Ann, St. Catherine, St. Mary, Portland and the Municipality of Portmore.  They provide a focal point for the work of youth organizations and are a repository of information on Jamaica young people ages 15 to 24 and in special cases and programmes up to age 29 years.  Parishes currently without a Youth Information Centre have Youth Access Points, which serve as a contact point for youth engagement, networking and empowerment.

 

Working through the National Secondary Students’ Council, the Jamaica Union for Tertiary Students, the National Youth Council, Youth Month activities and the Jamaica Youth Ambassadors programme which conducts empowerment and personal campaigns and community outreach programmes, the Ministry reached a total of 42,685 young people.

 

Agencies which fall under the Ministry,  Creative Production and Training Centre (CPTC), the Institute of Jamaica, the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) and the Jamaica National Commission for UNESCO engaged a further 135,835 young people, while the Jamaica National Heritage Trust  spearheaded Heritage Clubs in 25 schools.

 

Making reference to the Ministry’s active use of social media, Minister Hanna said: “Our youth in today’s Jamaica are savvy, in tuned, have access to information and are not shy to express themselves and ask for what they want. Therefore, we have strategically positioned the Ministry and all our agencies to cater to youth virtually, that is, online. The virtual programmes have been so designed to meet the young people in their online spaces, so as to provide the mechanism to guide and direct them in being able to connect the dots to essential services, personal development and educational and employment opportunities.”