The projects endorsed by Sir Patrick Allen include JAYECAN, a youth empowerment initiative of IBI Ambassador Abrahim Simmonds and The Little Genius Competition of Ambassador Tishauna Mullings. Mr. Simmonds has since been named Queen’s Young Leader for 2017 while Miss Mullings was a participant in this year’s President Obama Youth Leaders of the Americas Initiative.
Sir Patrick Allen presented an endorsement plaque to IBI Ambassador Abrahim Simmonds for his project Jamaican Youth Empowerment Through Culture Arts and Nationalism (JAYECAN) during the IBI Luncheon on Tuesday (November 29, 2016) at the Spanish Court Hotel.
The other two projects are “My Dream” by Life Transformational Solutions headed by Ambassador Cordell Williams Graham and the Rory Frankson “I Believe” (musical) Tour. In his remarks, Sir Patrick Allen said that as Jamaica celebrates fifty-five years of independence in 2017, IBI Ambassadors should seize the opportunity to let the initiative make its most significant impact ever. “I want us to commit today, that next year we will redouble our efforts to ensure that our programmes and activities create tangible pathways for restoring hope, belief and sound values in Jamaican families, our youth, as well as our system of education,” the Governor-General stressed. He also had high commendations for the IBI’s major sponsors including the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China which has contributed $4.1 million for the implementation of IBI projects. “Their generosity of spirit has given us the opportunity to make meaningful contributions of audio visual equipment, classroom furniture, laptop computers and desktop computers to IBI satellite campuses and outreach projects in Trelawny, Westmoreland, St. Catherine and Portland,” Sir Patrick Allen stated.