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Youth Festival at Devon House Nov. 25

Dr Grace McLean

JIS: The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, in collaboration with the National Youth Service (NYS), will be hosting its inaugural ELEVATE Youth Festival, the final event for Youth Month 2016.


It is scheduled for Friday, November 25, from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the lawns of Devon House targeting youth in high schools and tertiary institutions.


According to Chief Education Officer at the Ministry, Dr. Grace McLean, this event is aimed at creating a space for youth to exchange knowledge and experiences, via panels and networking events.


She added that it will expose the participants to more granular business topics, and content-specific workshops, while inspiring, igniting and unearthing the vision, imagination and potential of young people by creating an enabling environment.


“This youth festival was conceptualised as a unique opportunity for the youth of Jamaica to explore the world of music, technology, art and youth lifestyle outside of the regular classroom setting,” she noted.


The event will see young people showcasing their talents in Art, Music and Technology.


There will also be exhibits, forums, workshops, and interactive sessions and entertainment.


Dr. McLean explained that the long-term vision is for ELEVATE to become the premier destination to discover and meet the world’s leading trendsetters, innovators, creators and influencers in the areas of music, technology, digital art and youth lifestyle.


“We are encouraging each of our high schools and tertiary institutions to see this festival as an opportunity to identify, harness and showcase the very best of Jamaican youth products and services to our nation, our region and the world,” she said.


Admission to the festival is free and school administrators are encouraged to have their students participate in this opportunity for exploration and learning.


The Ministry is willing to provide a subsidy towards the cost of transportation of students to the event.


CAPTION: Chief Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Dr. Grace McLean