ON MESSAGE: Green sharing his vision at the recent launch at Devon House.
By all appearances, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is intent on making this year’s Youth Month celebration a cut above what we’re accustomed to. Among the scheduled events that will make the month-long series a memorable one is the inaugural staging of the Youth Festival. According to the ministry, it will unfold as a youth-centric event urging Jamaican youngsters to “think, play, create, vibe, dream and build” as they tap into their creative energies as trendsetters and innovators in such areas as technology, digital arts and music.
Set for November 25, the festival promises to draw a large turnout of young people (and the young-at-heart) to the lawns of Devon House. In addition to a lavish display of youth talent in multiple disciplines, attendees are invited to participate in the workshops that are being designed to provide “meaningful advice and expertise” to empower the youngsters in developing their respective skills.
Youth Month 2016 casts a wide net, encompassing everything from the staging of a youth parliament and the introduction of an advisory council to International Students’ Day activities and sports competitions.
One of the key players committed to empowering young Jamaicans and moving youth issues forward, state minister Floyd Green says his ministry firmly believes that with the right conditions, the youth can tap into their energy and innate creativity to help solve many of the country’s ills. As such, he says, his team will be going directly to young people in their own environments, meeting with them in urban centres and rural towns to spread the message of empowerment.
“However, the reality is,” Green emphasizes, “when the month ends, the real work continues, to keep the energy alive to ensure that all youth islandwide are engaged in a programme whether through school, professional [channels] or community development.”
Youth Month 2016 is being observed under the theme “E=MC2 – Empowering Youth.”