The Jamaican Youth Empowerment through Culture, Arts & Nationalism (JAYECAN) prides itself with being a nascent beacon of social change and youth engagement through the organization’s four (4) departments – Arts, Culture, Education and Volunteerism.
On Friday, February 19th, the youth-led organization held a press launch at its JTEC office in Mona, St. Andrew which heralded the turning of its newest chapter – the launch of its Heritage Ambassador Project (HAP). HAP is a three-tiered high school ambassadorial program whose overall aim is to enrich the lives of its participants through a process of immersion in Jamaica’s cultural richness.
Spearheaded by Culture Department Director, Ansel Pulchan, HAP is geared towards reawakening a greater sense of appreciation of the nation’s cultural treasure chest among our youths.
The press launch saw the introduction of the Project’s first ambassadors from a number of corporate area high schools ranging from the likes of Denham Town High to The Queen’s School and The St. Andrew High School for Girls. On hand to share in the social initiative were Michelle Thomas, Miss Kingston & St. Andrew Festival Queen 2016; among other dignitaries and JAYECAN members.
The Heritage Ambassador Project offers three (3) ambassadorial categories from which participants may choose to partake – Bronze, Silver and Gold Ambassadors, with Gold being the most esteemed. To enter, students are required to log onto JAYECAN’s webpage at www.jayecan.com/hap and do a quiz under their respective categories. Students who unsuccessfully attempted the quiz will be given a subsequent opportunity; thereafter, a failed attempt will result in disqualification.
Quizzes are of varying levels of difficulty but all provide opportunities to understand material and non-material contents of the Jamaican culture. To be eligible for the position of Bronze Ambassador, students must be ages of 12 – 14; Silver Ambassadors, 14 – 15 and Gold Ambassadors, 15 – 17 years. When selecting categories, students ought to be mindful of their knowledge of Jamaican culture and history.
Upon quiz completion and selection, students will be tasked with a range of activities that require actively engaging in cultural edification through essays and photography, as well as being Jamaican cultural ambassadors.
The Heritage Ambassador Project is expected to kick-start in the corporate area high schools of Kingston College, Ardenne High, Merl Grove High, The Queens School, St. Andrew High School for Girls and Denham Town High, as well as Frome Technical High and St. Jago High.
Student | The University of the West Indies, Mona