Established in 1973, the National Youth Service (NYS) was re-launched in 1995 after a 12 year break amidst major concerns about the high level of youth unemployment, academic underachievement, the lack of training opportunities for young people and their escalating trend toward anti-social behaviour. The organization, therefore, aims to equip youths with the necessary life coping skills to foster their personal and career development as well as enhance their contribution to community and national development.
- To train youths within the 17 - 24 age cohort in practical services to serve as entry level staff in Public and Private sector organizations.
- To provide participants with employability skills training needed to function in the world of work
- To develop public and private sector partnerships in order to expand the reach of the NYS
- To train and develop staff in the requisite skills and competencies with view to enhance the process of contemporary management of programme delivery.
- To build and maintain robust relationships with the communities.
- To strengthen collaborative efforts between and among existing partners.
The NYS has committed its resources to the personal and professional development of Jamaican youth. Through its diverse programmes offerings, the organization trained Corps of young people as support personnel for schools, health facilities, business entities, the uniformed organizations and other public and private sector entities.
Consequently, the NYS manages a number of programmes including:
- The Corps Programme
The NYS Corps programme combines training in specific career skills, re-socialization and work experience to develop positive attitudes and values among participants in the areas of self, work place, community and nation, as well as provide opportunities and orientation for their entrance into the labour force.
- The National Summer Programme (NSP)
An annual programme that provides work experience to over 4,000 youths island-wide during the summer holiday.
- The Financial Assistance Programme
The NYS has been training participants for over four decades and has accommodated participant possessing CXCs on both extremes. We offer financial assistance to participants of our corp programmes who are seeking to complete their tertiary education.
Through the Corps Programme, the NYS is able to influence young people via emphasis on:
Behaviour Modification, Volunteerism/ Patriotism, Career Development. NYS Corps participants are rated highly for their discipline, respect for authority, punctuality and their willingness and ability to follow instructions, take initiative and to work on teams cross-function. Corps Programmes include: Early Childhood Education, Teachers Aides, Health Promotion Facilitators, Clerical Administration, Environmental Aides, Sales & Administration and Customer Care.
Based on, The NYS has a history of contributing quality personnel at the entry level to public and private organizations as well as to tertiary institutions. A report commissioned by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in 2003 on 2001/02 Corps participants revealed that 60.1% of participants went on to either full time employment or tertiary studies compared to 34% from a control group.