Every year as part of the Local Government & Community Month the Ministry facilitates a courtesy on the Most Honourable Prime Minister, by the island’s fourteen Youth Mayors. Here the young people get a chance to interact with the Prime Minister and to be treated by the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry to a Luncheon arranged solely in their honour.
Prime Minister Simpson Miller who took time out to be photographed with each student, said she was very hopeful about the future of Jamaica, having listened to the Youth Mayors talk about themselves and their plans for the future. She told the youths that if they remain positive, don’t pay attention to critic but stay focus on their goals they could achieve anything.
Among the Youth Mayors were two primary school students Clinton Brown of Watford Hill Primary in Hanover and Kayla J Moss Solomon of Belmont Park Primary in Portmore.
Youth Councils are held in Local Authorities annually during the November, Local Government & Community Month and is part of a public education effort aimed at educating students about the Local Government System in Jamaica. The youth council concept began, young people/students are selected as youth councillors, representing the various parish council divisions and to make the experience more practical the youths get a feel for council operations by acting as councillors for a day. Through competitions such as debates and essay writing, each youth council selects one individual to serve as youth mayor.
Since 2001 the Youth Mayors have been invited to have a luncheon with the sitting Minister of Local Government as well as to pay a courtesy call on the Prime Minister.