Monday, 3 November 2014

STEPPING UP: Advancement is the word as Youth Month takes the spotlight

THE MISSION IS CLEAR: Minister Lisa Hanna in the mix, launching Youth Month in Kingston.

Under the theme "Youth Advance — Not Leaving It To Chance," Youth Month 2014 promises a whole raft of activities chiefly aimed at highlighting achievements, needs and initiatives dedicated to the positive advancement of Jamaica's future leaders. There is so much to look forward to. 

In addition to promoting action for youth development, the youth and culture ministry seems intent on increasing the participation of young people in the social, political, economic and religious processes in the country.

"We are currently in a state of transition, as we are preparing our youth to be suitable for the jobs that will be in demand globally," the ministry has made clear. Part of that transition, TALLAWAH learns, involves the refining of the Draft Green Paper and Revised National Youth Policy, devised to galvanize the focus of the country on the importance of youth development to secure the nation's future. "This will involve the integration of various departments within ministries with youth programmes for training, reducing obstacles for starting a business and providing tangible incentives to our youth to become productive members of our workforce."

And what better way to get the ball rolling than with a roster of activities throughout November sure to capture the interest of Jamaican young people. For starters, Minister Lisa Hanna is inviting one and all to attend the Pon Di Corna reasonings set for Trelawny (Nov. 7), St. Thomas (Nov. 14) and St. Catherine (Nov. 21). Student activism will take the spotlight on International Students' Day (Nov. 17) and UWI's Centre for Leadership and Governance will host a National Youth Conference on Nov. 26.

Social media will play an integral role, too, as a Twitter Youth Summit is scheduled for Nov. 20 ahead of the crucial Youth Entrepreneurship Forum: The CEO Connection, which is taking place on Nov. 28 at a venue to be announced.

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