Prime Minister’s Youth Awards to be held in January

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The third fastest Jamaican in history, Nesta Carter OD, received a Prime Minister's Youth Award for Excellence

The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture is confirming that the Prime Minister's Youth Awards for Excellence, will now be held on January 23 at Jamaica House in Kingston.

The event was originally scheduled to be held during Youth month in November, however that was postponed for December 5.
Outlining reasons for the further date change, Director of Communications of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, Oliver Watt said the Ministry had shifted the date for the Awards as part of a review and calibration of the youth development programme.
Mr. Watt was responding to an article in The Gleaner on Friday in which the People's National Party Youth Organization was upset over reports of a cancellation of the Awards ceremony.
Nominees will be presented with their awards at the event rebranded, "Celebrating Youth and Prime Minister Youth Awards".
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Olivia Grange had said in an earlier statement that the fiscal challenges during 2010 had an impact on the budget of the Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture.

However, Ms. Grange said the challenges also presented opportunities to evaluate programmes and projects.
Minister Grange said the annual event will no longer be presented as a youth month activity but will take place in January as a major event for youth.
The Prime Minister's Youth Award is the highest honour bestowed upon Jamaicans between the ages of 15 to 24, who have achieved eminent national and international distinction in categories such as sports, youth in service, the arts and culture, academics and leadership.