Nomination Criteria

The Prime Minister’s National Youth Awards salutes young persons, between the ages of 15 and 29, who have distinguished themselves in various sectors, including: journalism/e-journalism, entrepreneurship/social entrepreneurship, agriculture, national leadership, new media, academics, art and culture, sports, environmental protection, community development, innovation in science & technology and youth development. The public is asked to nominate the young persons in their community for this prestigious award.

 

Click here to download the 2021 - PM Youth Awards Nomination Form

Deadline: September 24, 2021 @11:59 pm

 

AWARD CRITERIA

The Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Andrew Michael Holness, O.N., M.P., is inviting nominations for the Prime Minister’s National Youth Awards for Excellence in the following categories:

 

AGRICULTURE & AGRO-PROCESSING

The nominee must distinguish him/herself in the field of Agriculture and Agro-Processing. S/he must:

  • Own AND/OR operate an agro-business endeavour which incorporates the use of new technology in the advancement of  Agriculture & Agro – Processing AND/OR
  • Have advanced scientific research AND/OR development in agriculture AND/OR
  • Have incorporated innovation in the development of a new product

 

ENTREPRENEURSHIP / SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

The nominee must distinguish him/herself in the field of Entrepreneurship. S/he must:

  • Operate a profitable, innovative, registered business venture
  • Generate levels of direct and indirect employment AND/OR
  • Operate a business that has contributed significant social and economic value at community AND>OR national level.

In the Field of Social Entrepreneurship, nominee must:

  • Operate a social enterprise that has contributed significant social and economic value at community and/or national level.
  • Be affecting change, developing and implementing solutions at the community level
  • Be serving a key population as outlined by the National Youth Policy

 

JOURNALISM / E-JOURNALISM

The nominee should have produced a high standard of journalism. S/he must:

  • Have consistently produced high-quality content and in-depth coverage of national, regional AND/OR international issues
  • Have produced a body of work that has had a national impact, and/or led to the wellbeing of people involved.
  • Have received a regional or international award in recognition of his/her journalistic endeavours

 

NEW MEDIA – SOCIAL MEDIA / YOUTUBER/ BLOGGERS/ VLOGGERS

The nominee must distinguish him/herself in the field of New Media. S/he must:

  • Have consistently produced high-quality, innovative, creative and relevant content of national, regional or international issues.
  • Have consistently produced work that has a real and tangible impact on the target audience
  • Have produced a body of work that has had a national impact, and/orled to the wellbeing of people involved.
  • Have received a regional or international award in recognition of his/her new media endeavours.
  • Media Presence (Internet/Print/Radio/Social Media)
    • Instagram
    • Facebook
    • Twitter

 

ARTS AND CULTURE

The nominee must distinguish him/herself in the field of Arts and Culture. S/he must:

  • Have gained local AND/OR international recognition evidenced by competition results, awards, reviews or placement.
  • Have featured prominently in a minimum of two critically acclaimed exhibitions or productions
  • Have used their talent, skill and platform, in a non-commercial manner, to foster the development of their subject area.

 

MUSIC

The nominee must distinguish him/herself in the field of Music. S/he must:

  • Have displayed Excellence in the Promotion of Jamaican Culture through music
  • Be considered an outstanding performer or creator or musical works evidence by local AND/OR international awards, competition results, reviews or chart standings
  • Have a reputable catalogue free of violet and discriminatory material (at time of award consideration)

 

NATIONAL LEADERSHIP

The nominee must distinguish him/herself in the field of Leadership. S/he must:

  • Demonstrated an active leadership history at the national or international level
  • Demonstrated an active leadership history in relation to a priority group of the National Youth Policy
  • Served at the specified level for a minimum of 3years and made significant and demonstrable impact over the period

 

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

The nominee must distinguish him/herself in the field of Environmental protection AND/OR Climate Change and Adaptation. S/he must:

  • Have proven him/herself to be an influential and effective environmental steward/leader.
  • Have gained international/ AND/OR national recognition as an environmental advocate.

*For organisations, a minimum of 80% of the membership should be between 15 and 29 years old.

 

SPORTS

The nominee must distinguish him/herself in the field of Sport. S/he must:

  • Have performed meritoriously at the Junior and/ or senior level in international competition and have achieved a world-leading performance AND/OR
  • Have attained a consistent world ranking (1-10) in his/her sport AND/OR
  • Have achieved a world-leading performance.
  • Performance and ranking must be current: active participation within the past 2 years

 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

The nominee must have demonstrated outstanding and consistent voluntary service relevant to the development of youth and their community. S/he must:

  • Have positively impacted youth at the community level
  • Have outstanding and consistent voluntary service over at least 5 years.
  • Have given service which is not related to mandatory obligations for work or school.

 

ACADEMICS

The nominee must display outstanding achievement in the field of Academic Study. S/he must:

  • Achieved a top three regional ranking at CAPE and CSEC levels AND/OR
  • Have completed a Bachelors Degree and attained a First Class Honours and maintained an A+ academic average throughout the course of study
  • Post-graduate nominees must have completed a thesis with distinction and/or published in an internationally recognised journal

*Application must be for the last level of education completed

 

INNOVATION IN SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

The nominee must distinguish him/herself in the field of Innovation in Science and Technology. S/he must:

  • Proven to be innovative in providing a scientific or technological solution to a problem.
  • Gained national/international recognition in the field and/ or participated in a minimum of two critically acclaimed exhibitions.
  • Advanced research in science and/or technology.

 

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

The Individual or organization must:

  • Have been involved in youth work for over a period of five years.
  • Have significantly impacted youth from one of the priority groups of the National Youth Policy.
  • Be able to demonstrate that their work has been acknowledged as a best practice.

*For Youth Serving Organizations and/or Youth Development Practitioners.

 

PRIME MINISTER’S SPECIAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE

The recipientof the award may be an individual or an organization that would have excelled exceptionally in their field of work or study which the Prime Minister deems worthy of national recognition as they embody the true meaning of resilience, innovation and excellence.

 Individual or organization must:

  • Have demonstrated locally or internationally significant contribution/s to their society.
  • Not be a recipient of a Prime Minister’s National Youth Award for Excellence

*The recipient will be selected exclusively by the Honorable Prime Minister