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  • Young Persons with Disabilities Included in NYS Summer Programme

    first_imgYoung persons with disabilities are participating in a two-day orientation session of the National Youth Service (NYS) Summer Programme 2013, at the VH Percy Centre, 10-12 Osbourne Road, in Kingston.The sessions, which ended on Wednesday, July 3, are aimed at equipping young persons between 17 and 24 years of age with values and strong work ethics.Areas to be explored include Workplace Communications, Rights and Responsibilities of the Employer, Exceptional Customer Service, Professionalism in the Workplace, Volunteerism, Career Development and Effective Leadership. Participants will be placed with public and private sector organisations for a three-week internship period in July/August, following their orientation.Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, told JIS News that the decision to include youth with disabilities emerged from a meeting she held with them last November.“I wanted to find out what was important to them and they spoke to me about job opportunities,” Miss Hanna said, adding that she was impressed with the group of young persons, some of whom had successfully completed their studies, despite having multiple disabilities.“We felt that the National Youth Service should also incorporate and give access to persons with disabilities, and so this year, in all our programmes we have reserved spaces for people with disabilities to have the same internships, and the same kinds of opportunities like other young people,” she said.In her presentation in the recent Sectoral Debate, Minister Hanna said that during the 2013/2014 financial year, the NYS will have an intake of 4,000 young persons, with 375 being youth with disabilities.The Minister pointed out that the youth will be placed in different entities, depending on the nature of their disabilities.Mikhaila Rhone, one of several disabled persons at the session, said the programme will assist her to be more confident. “The fact that I am here means that I have the potential and I can do it, so I am very happy to be a part of the programme,” she added.Miss Rhone said that she will be encouraging other young persons to send in their applications. “I will be encouraging them to apply, and I will let them know that they (NYS) do not discriminate and they will be greeted and welcomed,” she said.Currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, Miss Rhone is advising other young persons to pursue their goals and to not give up.Contact: E. Hartman Reckordlast_img read more