A PM Awards Selection Committee was appointed by Prime Minister Andrew Holness in April 2017. The Committee is chaired by Mr. Warren Newby, and includes representatives from youth-led groups, youth-serving organisations, academia, the church, persons with disabilities and subject matter experts in the various fields.
What’s New for 2017
Previously, nomination was open to persons between the ages of 15-24. The age cohort for nomination has been expanded to 15-29, in accordance with the direction of national youth development policy.
Two award categories have been added:
The PM Awards recognises the increasing distribution of electronic content via the internet. Consequently, the Journalism award category has been modified to include e-journalism. All nominees should have produced a quality work that has had a national impact, and has resulted in the resolution of a situation, or improvement in the well being of persons involved.
The award criteria for the category – Entrepreneurship has been modified to allow for the conferment of awards to social entrepreneurs, in addition to the traditional entrepreneurs. Nominees for social entrepreneurship must operate a social enterprise that has contributed significant social and economic value at the community and/or national level.
A Jamaica 55 Special Award will also be conferred on 55 young persons who have demonstrated outstanding and consistent voluntary service at the community and/or national level. These persons must have given service which is not related to mandatory obligations for work or school. Awardees in this category will also be eligible for project grants from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, to further their community and youth development work.
The Prime Minister’s National Youth Awards for Excellence (PM Awards) was introduced in 1998 to recognise young Jamaicans who have excelled and contributed to national development.