JAYECAN not only seeks to empower youth by bringing activities to them, but we also decided to bring empowerment by highlighting the work of youths across Jamaica. The Youth Empowerment Awards is one attempt to raise the profile and highlight the contribution young people make in the areas of Education, Volunteerism, Arts and Culture, within Jamaica. These awards recognize young people whose commitment to social action within Jamaica has made a difference to the lives of others.
Thirteen (13) young people between the ages of 12 and 30, who are poised to be future movers and shakers, were elated recipients of these awards, with the organization honouring Ms. Fae Ellington, CD, for her lifetime contribution to Arts, Culture, Nationalism and her undying love for the young and progressive within our society. Joining in the celebration of the role of young people has been playing as nation builders and partners in social action were:
- Minister of State with Responsibility for Youth, Hon. Floyd Green,
- The Director General of Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority, Nari Williams Singh,
- Senior Corporate Relations Manager at Digicel Jamaica, Trisha Williams-Singh,
- Philanthropist and Director of One Jamaica Foundation, Ann-Marie Vaz,
- Marketing and Public Relations Director of the Jamaica Cultural development Commission, Stephen Davidson,
- Commissioner and CEO of the Jamaica Tertiary Education Commission, Maxine Henry-Wilson.
“It was a well-executed event, even the very concept of the awards was novel”, Mrs Henry-Wilson remarked.
The night was blessed with lively and refreshing entertainment from Pozitive Vybrationz and JAYECAN’s very own Adiel Thomas. The YEA will now be a regular fixture on the calendar of events for National Youth Month, with the next scheduled staging being November 30th 2017.