YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK: The Immaculate Conception Symphony Orchestra in performance. Inset: the PM presents Lewis with his award.
Hosted inside the spacious Emancipation Park under the theme "Youth on a Mission...Project 2062," nearly 45 outstanding young Jamaican men and women, ages 15 to 24, were celebrated for their achievements during the past year at the Prime Minister's Youth Awards ceremony on Sunday evening.
“You have imagined a life of achievement, a life of excellence and you have refused to accept mediocrity," noted PM Portia Simpson-Miller as she lauded the award recipients. "You have refused to believe that obstacles were in the way that you could not fulfill your dreams, you have refused to place limits on yourself." Below, a few of the evening's most notable awardees:
Olympian Warren Weir, and Reggae Boyz Omar Holness and Alvas Powell
ARTS & CULTURE:
Singer Romain Virgo, budding visual artist Michael Dane Lewis, and actor Randy McLaren
YOUTH IN SERVICE:
Jordan Bennett, founder of the non-profit organisation known as Feeding of the 5,000
Damion Nicarno Taylor, rising entertainment promoter
Basilia Barnaby. Responding on behalf of the awardees, Barnaby, who currently works at LOVE 101FM, said the Prime Minister’s recognition of the talent and contribution of young Jamaicans to nation-building and her statement of encouragement and commitment to her cause, represents a significant gesture, “which I and all the nominees will continue to be so grateful.”