National Youth Council of Dominica to host National Youth Awards in August

While expressing pleasure, the council stated that they are tremendously excited and so proud to have brought back this initiative to uplift and recognize the hard work and efforts of our young people making a name for themselves day after day. 

National Youth Council of Dominica to host National Youth Awards in August
National Youth Council of Dominica to host National Youth Awards in August

Roseau, Dominica: The National Youth Council of the Commonwealth of Dominica will be hosting the National Youth Awards this coming August 2022. The information was provided by the National Youth Council on Monday, April 4, 2022.  

While expressing pleasure, the council stated that they are tremendously excited and so proud to have brought back this initiative to uplift and recognize the hard work and efforts of our young people making a name for themselves day after day. 

The National Youth Awards recognizes youth between the ages of 16 and 35 who have contributed to and created positive change in the lives of others within their community or nation by extension. The Youth Awards focuses on young persons in Dominica who have triumphed over great odds and served as inspiration and role models to others.

The National Youth Awards recognizes youth between the ages of 16 and 35 who have contributed to and created positive change in the lives of others within their community or nation by extension. The Youth Awards focuses on young persons in Dominica who have triumphed over great odds and served as inspiration and role models to others.

Nominations are now open, and the council has also updated the procedure as well as the criteria for the nominations. 

The criteria of the nominations are as follows:

 Criteria for outstanding youth or youth organization in cultural preservation and National Heritage Award: 

  • Must be an advocate for culture and heritage among youth. 
  • Must actively demonstrate and/or promote local culture. 
  • Must participate in cultural traditions or activities. 
  • The award is given in recognition of the efforts of cultural figures that contribute to the intellectual and artistic promotion and preservation of Dominican culture and its appreciation and understanding around the country, region, and/or world. 

Criteria for outstanding youth in cultural and Traditional Preservation Award: 

  • The recipient has contributed to the empowerment and development of the young and/or general Kalinago population. 
  • Must participate in Indigenous Cultural and Traditional activities. 
  • Must actively demonstrate and/or promote Indigenous Cultural and Traditional language. 
  • Must be an advocate for Indigenous and Traditional Culture among youth. 
  • Must promote Indigenous values and language in school and the community. 
  • Lead a balanced lifestyle which is on a foundation of strong cultural and spiritual values. 

Criteria for Outstanding Youth in agriculture award:

  •  Must be actively involved in agricultural education, production and/or policy. 
  • Must be actively involved in agricultural education: production and policy.
  • Must be involved in agro-processing Marketing. Farming or some other form of agri-business.
  • Must be a positive role model to others wishing to enter the field.
  • Must actively promote participation in agriculture amongst youth.
  • Must innovatively contribute to the agricultural industry through their practice

Criteria for Outstanding Youth in Digital Transformation Award: 

Business must be owned by the awardees.

  • Must have an up-to-date. Consistently maintained or active digital relevant links.
  • Content is current, regular and appropriate
  • Ease of payment Digital Wallet: e.g. Mobanking, online banking, Mlajan, or PayPal.
  • Able to do business efficiently and effectively with a professional business model that seeks to impact Dominica’s digital business sector on a micro, small, medium and large scale.
  • Must demonstrate being an advocate for the use and implementation of technology and promotes the creation of jobs in the digital economy.
  • Promotes, creates, inspires and seeks to produce content that is current, relevant and engaging.

Criteria for Outstanding Youth in Entrepreneurship Award: 

  • Enterprise is self partially owned.
  • The enterprise must be incorporated.
  • Must be contributed to the economic and social development of the community.
  • Must demonstrate a projection for sustainability, for example, outlines plans for growth.
  • The nominee should also serve as a positive role model to other young entrepreneurs.
  • Must be currently operating for at least one year.

Criteria for Outstanding Youth in Mass Media, Contey Creation and Journalism Award –

  • The award is made to journalists, commentators, photographers, media houses, and digital creators who have, through their intervention, positively contributed to an awareness of the contributions and achievements of young people: promoting national youth development and youth empowerment.
  • The recipient must be actively involved in media for at least two years and is a positive role model to enter the field.

Criteria for Outstanding Community Youth Organisation Award –

  • Must be registered with the parent organization, for example, the District Youth and Sports Council and or other stakeholder government or Non-government agencies.
  • Must comply with the administrative and procedural firework stipulated by the parent organization, for example, governed by Constitution. Rules and regulations, policy guidelines.
  • The Youth organizations should have a positive public image and amicable relations and partnerships with the youth: the community and other key stakeholders.
  • Must actively encourage you to become a member of a similar institution.
  • Must have successfully implemented sustainable projects that have had an impact across the community.

Criteria for Outstanding Youth in Climate Activism and Environmental Advocacy: 

  • Demonstrates major leadership role in creating, organizing and implementing projects or campaign(s) related to Climate Activism and Environmental Advocacy
  • Demonstrates application of fresh solutions and approaches to relevant environmental challenges.
  • Has developed projects that have had a significant impact on SDG13 climate action as well as those with components o Environmental sustainability and climate awareness and can be used as a model for other communities.
  • Have been engaged with youth groups and stakeholders to collaborate on projects related to environmental conservancy and other major elements related to the environment.

Criteria for Outstanding Youth in Liberal and Performing Arts Awards: 

  • Must be registered and be an active participant in a performing arts organization or a solo performer
  • Must have participated in national, regional or international activities related to the performing arts
  • Should continually exhibit ethical behaviour and must contribute to the social consciousness of positive youth behaviour.
  • Must promote performing arts among youth.

Criteria for Outstanding Youth in Creative and Literary Arts Awards:

  • Nominees must have produced works in the past two years.
  • Must contribute to the social consciousness of youth development and continually exhibit positive ethical behaviour.
  • Must encourage and support the development of creative and liberal arts in youth.

Criteria for Outstanding Youth Living with Disabilities

  • The award is made to an individual who, despite his disability, makes a significant national contribution in the social-economic or professional sectors.
  •  Must be an active member of a community club and participates in a community programme. Make a meaningful contribution to community development or represent her association nationally. Regionally or internationally.
  • Must be seen as an example in society to others with disabilities.

Criteria for Esteemed Volunteer Award: 

  • Individuals must have served as a volunteer with at least three volunteer organizations in Dominica.
  • An individual should have demonstrated a high level of reliability and produced work of an acceptable standard. 
  • The individual is truly driven and passionate about volunteerism and goes beyond the call of duty to ensure the highest level of service when executing or participating in activities.
  • Must be in good standing with an organization where active membership exists.

Criteria for JCI Dominica Fadelle Yankey Excellence in Leadership Award:

  • They should be connected to their community, school or institutions, where their leadership skills are utilized.
  • Substantive participation and leadership on committees, working groups, community groups, mentoring activities, etc.
  • Leadership in addressing issues, influencing change, or new directions with the community.
  • Leadership in areas of professional development and use of technology.
  • Nominees must be willing to promote the ideals of JCI for the year after winning the award.

Criteria for Outstanding Youth in Diaspora:

  • Must be a Dominican citizen living in the Diaspora contributing to development in Dominica.
  • It must be affecting Dominican Youth in the Diaspora or Dominican Youth living in Dominica.