YOUth Month #reTHINK

Date Published: 
Wednesday, November 4, 2020

                                                                  Some participants at the National Youth Month Church Service


Youth leaders from across the island came out in their numbers, observing the social distancing protocols to launch Youth Month 2020 on Sunday, November 1, 2020 at the Emmanuel Apostolic Church, 12 Slipe Road, Kingston, under the theme #reThinkYOUth.


Youth Month 2020 is being spearheaded by the National Youth Month Committee, chaired by Ms. Jamie Chevannes, and includes representation from key development agencies; such as; the Heart Trust NSTA, the JN Foundation and the Institute of Law and Economics (ILE).


In his charge to the youth for the month, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information Robert Nesta Morgan underscored the importance of repositioning youth at the centre of conversations about the development of Jamaica. He noted that historically it was the youth who inspired and executed the greatest change in societies and added that is it the youth who will either benefit or pay the price for any decisions made now.


For her part, Opposition Spokesperson for Youth, Culture and Gender affairs supported the launch and asked for youth to be protected and placed at the centre of actions and plans.


This year, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information will be executing a series of activities to commemorate Youth Month. This year’s Youth Month is being celebrated under the theme; (reTHINK) Youth: Resilient through Entrepreneurship, Training, Hope, Innovation, Networking and Knowledge.


Due to the onset of the Corona Virus, most of the activities will be done virtually, and those to be executed physically will strictly adhere to the health protocols designated by the Ministry of Health and Wellness.



The following represents the core activities to be hosted throughout the month:


  • The launch and Youth Month Church Service: To introduce the month long series of celebrations in a church service that will be hosted on Sunday, November 1, 2020 at the Emmanuel Apostolic Church, Kingston.
  • 		Around the Table Discussions: This activity is an informal event designed to facilitate the engagement between youth leaders and experienced business leaders and professionals for networking and knowledge transfer. The Around the Table discussions will address key issues as they relate to youth who have expressed challenges in gaining access to executives of local and global companies, successful entrepreneurs and leaders in government and not-for-profit organisations. The dialogue will allow for the exchange of ideas and identification and development of new opportunities. 
  • 		The Prime Minister’s National Youth Awards for Excellence (PMNYA): The PMNYA will award youth for their valuable contributions to various areas of nation building. Awardees will be recognized by Prime Minster, the Hon. Andrew Holness. The Awards seek to promote attitudinal change and social renewal through reinforcing the positive values of self-discipline, hard work, dedication and humility. The Awards portrays each recipient as a positive role model for their peers as they transition from childhood to adulthood. 
  • 		Youth Entrepreneurship Exposition: This activity will create a platform for business mentorship, coaching, entrepreneurship and resource mobilization.  
  • 		Our Youth reTHINK Series: Highlighting our Resilient Youth who have been excelling in Entrepreneurship, Technology, Innovation, Networking and Knowledge. 
  • 		Students’ Leadership and Governance Installation Ceremony: The Installation of the National Secondary Students Council and The Prefect’s Association of Jamaica’s Installation and Leadership Conference.


  • The Jamaica Union of Tertiary Students Tertiary Conference: The JUTS Conference will be hosted under the theme of entrepreneurship to empower tertiary leaders to hone their entrepreneurial skills and devise sustainable and viable and residual incomes.

  • 		The Annual General Meeting of the National Youth Council of Jamaica: The NYCJ AGM will be convened to facilitate the reporting and training of leaders of Youth organisations and community youth groups island-wide.