Ministry of Culture, Gender,
Entertainment and Sport

Government of Jamaica
Encouraging Jamaican Youth to access Programmes
Published by: Wade Edwards
Reference #: myc199
Date Published: Monday 01, Jun 2015

The Ministry of Youth and Culture is encouraging Jamaican Youth to get involved in the many programmes and opportunities now available to enhance and support their growth and development.
Young Jamaicans between the ages of 17 – 24 years are encouraged to participate in the Access to Higher Education Programme, which is a partnership between the NYS, Northern Caribbean University, the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI), the College of Arts Science and Technology (CASE) and the Browns Town Community College (BTCC).  In this programme financial assistance is provided to 230 participants to pursue tertiary studies. Participants are also engaged in personal development sessions, group mentorship as well as work experience and volunteerism opportunities.  

Young persons who are interested in owning and operating their own businesses can apply for assistance through the Entrepreneurship programme which is geared towards training youth.  The NYS will also assist with coaching and the development of business plans for those seeking financing for their proposed business ventures.

At risk youth and youth with mild intellectual disabilities may access the enrichment programme and the Youth Empowerment programme.  Both programmes will provide basic personal and professional development skills and work experience.

Youth access to employment is being encouraged through the Graduate Work Experience Programme which is targeting 300 young people and the NYS/PSOJ MoU will enable the NYS to place even more young people in private sector organizations for valuable work experience.

The Summer Programme offered by the NYS is still registering applicants and seeks the engagement of young people in three weeks of work experience during the months of July and August. The objective of this programme is to expose participants to key employability skills as well as developing the characteristics that are important for gaining and retaining employment.

Financial Assistance is also available through a grant to post-service participants pursuing tertiary education. 300 students will be eligible to receive up to 20% of their tuition paid for by the NYS for a period of three (3) years.

The Ministry of Youth and Culture continues to roll out its Youth Information Centers across the island with one in Spanish Town and Hanover scheduled to be open shortly.  The Youth Information Centers are available to Youth across Jamaica to give them access to a physical space, providing credible information and assistance to guide their personal and professional development.  Young people who access these centers can expect to receive guidance and counselling, access to communication technology, assistance with entrepreneurial pursuits in a safe and youth friendly environment.

We urge young people to get involved and access these programmes, which were all strategically designed to ensure that they get equipped, involved, productive and connected.   Interested persons may visit the NYS website for additional information at: or call a youth empowerment officer at the Ministry of Youth and Culture.

Source: Ministry of Youth and Culture

Encouraging Jamaican Youth to access Programmes