Youth Empowerment Awards (YEAs)

The Youth Empowerment Awards (YEAs) is JAYECAN’s best known program; an award scheme that highlights and encourages the work of young people in the areas of Arts and Culture. At least 40 youth leaders from across Jamaica have been recipients of this award that features a well-directed production facilitated by a nominated playwright. Each year an Honouree is selected, this person is typically a pioneer in areas of arts and culture in Jamaica. The first ever honouree is Fae Ellington OD, a Jamaican Media personality and lecturer best known for hosting “Profile”, a long-standing talk show in Jamaica. The JCDC has been the headline sponsor of this event.