(Alex Sterling, Executive Director of JAYECAN) The Jamaican Youth Empowerment through Culture, Arts and Nationalism (JAYECAN) endorses the United Nation’s International Youth Day, under the theme “Youth Building Peace”. The United Nations notes that young people’s inclusion in the peace and security agenda and in society more broadly, is key to building and […]
JAYECAN not only seeks to empower youth by bringing activities to them, but we also have decided to bring empowerment by highlighting the work of youths across Jamaica. The JAYECAN Youth Empowerment Award gave honourable recognition to one such young person who is doing amazing things through her writing and poetic talents. Christena AV […]
Jamaican Youth Empowerment through Culture Arts and Nationalism (JAYECAN) is not hesitant in paying homage to those who are doing great things in the different art forms. One of our awardees from last year’s staging of the Youth Empowerment Awards, are the members of Pozitive Vybrationz band. . Founded by musical genius, builder of steel drums, tuner and music arranger Clive White in 2015; what started out to be a one-man form, quickly blossomed into a 9 piece band. The unique style and interpretation of music, has captured the hearts and attention of all age groups and has open doors of opportunities both locally and abroad. The Jamaican Prime Minister and Opposition have also been thrilled by the music of Pozitive Vybrationz and they have also had the pleasure to serenade and captivate a wide variety of tourists islandwide. . In 2016, Pozitive Vybrationz entered The World Championships of Performing Arts, held in Los Angeles California. Bringing international attention to their unique concoction of Jamaican melody, the band now had a point to prove and a mission to accomplish. After competing against sixty (60) countries from around the world with nearly Five Thousand (5000) contestants, Pozitive Vybrationz made their way to the top and was awarded Twenty (20) Gold Medals, Three (3) Plaques and a Trophy. The Pozitive Vybrationz band proudly returned home as the 2016 Instrumental Grand Champions of the World. . Their creative skills and dynamic techniques of this group of young performers, draw influence from the likes of the great Robert ‘Bob’ Marley, Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder. Never missing an opportunity to give credits to God, Pozitive Vybrationz aims to show their true love for music and how it can be expressed positively through performance. They believe that Jamaica can see affirmative change through positive music and endorse their belief in their slogan: Pozitive Vybrationz ‘Healz The Nation’. . Pozitive Vybrationz Received the 2016 JAYECAN Youth Empowerment Award for Outstanding Artistic Presentation in Music and Musicianship. . The JAYECAN Youth Empowerment Awards seek celebrate the role of young people as nation builders and partners in social action. The Awards attempt to raise the profile and highlight the contribution made by young people in the areas of Education, Volunteerism, Arts and Culture, within Jamaica.
Etched in the heart and vessels of the Jamaican Youth Empowerment through Culture Arts and Nationalism (JAYECAN), is the spirit of volunteerism, community development and nation building. Adrian Watson, a 28 year old, youth leader and advocate, is seemingly driven by this same spirit. Adrian, who has a background in natural resource management, earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Geography and Zoology from the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. His innate talent for leader and a motivator, has earned him many opportunities, to include: National Coordinator for the Caribbean Youth Environment Network Jamaica as well as being the Latin America and the Caribbean Representative on the Steering Committee of the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN) and also served on the Projects, Events and Competition committee for the Commonwealth Youth Climate Network (CYCN). He has also served as a team leader for the GYBN delegation to the United Nations’ 13th Conference of the Parties on Biodiversity; covering topics such as pollination, synthetic biology, and wildlife management especially in relation to livelihood preservation. Adrian has also gone on to serve has a Climate Change Facilitator under the Jamaica Rural Economy and Ecosystems Adapting to Climate Change (JaREEACH) Project; where is has taught the science of Climate Change and project proposal writing to over 60 persons of which two groups were awarded projects namely the Old Harbour Youth Coalition and the Knox Community College Environmental Science Cohort. Watson is also very passionate about youths and has strived to fuel the interest of young people and increase environmental awareness, conservation and sustainable environmental use among Jamaicans and the wider Caribbean citizens. In his effort to connect with the youths, Adrian has served as an advisor to the Seaview Gardens Youth Council and Block Coordinator for the Seaview Gardens’ Community Development Committee. Adrian is a proud advocate and motivator; especially in the areas of the environment, sustainable development and youth inclusion. JAYECAN was honoured to present to him the 2016 Youth Empowerment Award for Outstanding Leadership in a Climate Change Initiative.
Meet Sandrine Morris, the 2016 Youth Empowerment Awardee for Outstanding Intergenerational Initiative. Morris was recognized for her work as a Jamaican youth, that brought both old and young people together in partnership for a worthy cause. In an interview following the acceptance of her award, she stated; “Even though gunshots and wars are very frequent and I sometimes get scared, I do believe there is still hope for my community and hope for the youths. That is why I stepped away from the crowd and decided to make a change to help us all.” At the age of 15, Sandrine was got ill and had to visit the doctor. It was this tragedy that lit a spark and set Sandrine on the path to help others who were in a similar ordeal. Sandrine knew firsthand the pain they go through daily, so she rounded up some friends and set out to change the world one child at a time. She and her team visited hospitals and children’s homes in and around Montego Bay, but she soon realized that there were children suffering from other disabilities and diseases that also needed help. With that in mind; they set out to raise money for back to school treats and selflessly pushed on to have her team donate numerous books, clothes, toys and school items for the children. Her team would also take time to entertain and interact with the children, with the aim of ensuring they all felt loved and valued by society. Her love for young people and her dedication to helping them achieve their goals regardless of their background or physical abilities, speaks distinctly of her character. “My journey has not been the easiest but I acknowledge a destiny bigger than my own and that is to help young people in need.” She stated. A REWARDING JOURNEY Sandine’s favorite quote and guiding motivation for the work she does is “Help Someone Achieve Their Goals, I Will Achieve Mine”- Les Brown. On March 21, 2016, Sandrine hosted a Youth Empowerment Forum, where she invited successful young people who grew up in Garrison communities, from poor backgrounds and non-traditional high schools, who have graduated from Universities and are on the path of success, to share their stories with the children in attendance. In attendance were fellow youth leaders such as Sujae Boswell and Aubrey Stewart among other young professionals who took the floor to impart words of motivation. “I am pleased to say that most of the youths who were in attendance have returned to say they were truly inspired and have all graduated high school and are now seeking to further their education despite the critics.” a beaming Sandrine shared. “I am truly grateful for these awards because they show me that beyond my friends, club members or children that I help have recognized my work but, Corporate Jamaica recognizes it too and are onboard to help me fulfil my goal to make Jamaica a better place for our Youth. This pushes me to continue my life’s work.” Guided by her philosophy “spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier”; Sandrine aspires to be a lawyer and a politician – preferably within the Minister of Youth.
Abrahim Simmonds, co-founder of the Jamaican Youth Empowerment through Culture, Arts and Nationalism (JAYECAN) and the Jamaican recipient of the prestigious Queen’s Young Leader title for 2017, has been awarded. In a ceremony held today at The Buckingham Palace, JAYECAN’s own Abrahim Simmonds was presented the Queen’s Young Leader Award by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth […]
The Tribal Luminart Festival is the brainchild of 35 students of the Producing Culture class at the University of the West Indies Mona Campus. Guided by their lecturer, Mr. Alpha Obika, the students worked together to create an event that would display a youthful celebration of culture, fashion, art and music. The event took place Mona’s Hockey Field in […]
Member of the Education Team, Lavois Cruickshank is among the 8 persons selected as Fellows under the Jamaica House Fellowship. This Programme is a prestigious opportunity offering exceptional and highly motivated young Jamaicans the opportunity to work on, support and implement high priority initiatives in the National Policy Office (NPO) within the Office of the […]
Junior Executive Director and head of administration at JAYECAN, Alex Sterling explained that there has been an influx of applications to join the team. So far, JAYECAN has received over 400 applications for membership when the organization has a quota for 41. These young applicants are however passionate about service and so they must be […]
Michelle Thomas is the current Director of Cultural Programmes at JAYECAN. Even though she has a heavy schedule as a practicing attorney-at-law, Michelle has a strong commitment to the service of others. Through her leadership, the team has created more than 5 projects with immeasurable impact across the island. Such projects include, Fi Wi Melting […]