The Youth Entrepreneurship Project (YEP) was launched on Sunday, 18th August at Mandevilla Place-Neil’s Auditorium Mandeville, Manchester. The project which is funded by the UN-Habitat Urban Youth Fund will provide Entrepreneurship and Business Training to 50 young aspiring entrepreneurs in the Parish through the Jamaica Business Development Commission (JBDC) and provide grants of US$500 to the top 10 business ideas as well as mentorship and guidance from successful entrepreneurs.
The launch was graced with the presence of the selected participants, all of whom would have completed application forms and gone through an interview process before being selected. The project team was very impressed with the nature and quality of business ideas and businesses created by the applicants.
The stage was set for the launch with an introduction to the background of the organization from current President Ruth Christian. YEP Project Manager, Shamoy Hajare, gave an introduction and overview of the project highlighting her Project Management training received from UN-Habitat in Sri Lanka and the opportunity to represent the organization as a UN-Habitat Urban Youth Fund Granted Organization at the Nexus Summit in New York earlier this year where she made a presentation about the project.
The participants of YEP received words of encouragements from several stakeholders of YWOP/YMOP, including Councilor Brenda Ramsay, Mayor of Mandeville and Dr. Elaine Carter, President of Central Jamaica Reading Association. The Keynote Address was delivered by Dr. Jeffry Gayle, who encouraged the participants to continue to strive for excellence as they are on the right path of Entrepreneurship.
Training for the project will commence shortly and be delivered over an intensive two-week period and will cover all areas relevant to the success of any viable business.
Please view photos of YEP launch in our photo gallery.