Friday 6 December, 2019

PM to award youth leading, inspiring and transforming Jamaica

Prime Minister Andrew Holness presents a recipient of the Prime Minister’s National Youth Awards for Excellence at the 2018 staging of the awards ceremony.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness presents a recipient of the Prime Minister’s National Youth Awards for Excellence at the 2018 staging of the awards ceremony.

A total of 87 shortlisted nominees will attend the Prime Minister’s National Youth Awards for Excellence (PMYA) scheduled for Saturday, November 30, on the lawns of Jamaica House. 

The Prime Minister’s Youth Awards for Excellence is the highest attainable award for young people in Jamaica.

Approximately 100 young people have been nominated in the traditional 11 categories and 57 candidates have been shortlisted.

The recently added Nation Builder category, which celebrates the work of young people in community volunteerism and development, has seen 60 youth being nominated and 30 shortlisted.

PM Youth Awards 2018

Click the gallery to re-live the 2018 staging of the Prime Minister’s National Youth Awards for Excellence.

“Our prime minister and government remain committed to celebrating and awarding the youth of Jamaica who continue to lead, inspire and transform Jamaica and the world by excelling in their respective fields. That is the very essence of the PMYA: to engage, empower and celebrate our youth,” commented Alando Terrelonge, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information.

Continuing, the minister said, “As a government, we view young people as our partners in nation-building. There can be no growth, development, peace, security, or prosperity, without youth at the table. The youth are not just leaders of tomorrow; they are the transformative force of today, upon whose shoulders our hope of advancing the welfare of Jamaica and the whole human race rests."

The categories that fielded the most nominees for this year’s staging of the national youth awards are Arts and Culture, Sports, Leadership, Youth Development, Academics and Nation Builder. 

Introduced in 1998, the Prime Minister’s National Youth Awards for Excellence was conceptualized to recognize young Jamaicans aged between 15 and 29. 

Since its inception, over 300 awards have been conferred.   This year’s ceremony will be a three-hour celebration of talented young people being entertained by top acts within the local creative industry. 

This year’s annual Youth Month celebration is themed “The Jamaican Youth Are LIT – They Lead, Inspire and Transform Jamaica and our world.”

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