On its 10th anniversary, the ‘I Believe’ Initiative (IBI), an arm of the Governor-General’s Programme for Excellence (GGPE), will host its Youth Consultative Conference (YCC) virtually. The YCC will address the theme of COVID-19 and its impact on the implementation of Jamaica’s Vision 2030 and the kind of recovery that can put the nation back on track to building a better world for its youth.

Young people’s rights and priorities span across all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and ensuring appropriate and dedicated investments into youth development within the Vision 2030 and the SDG framework is crucial to the achievement of all goals and targets. Moreover, youth engagement in the implementation, follow-up, and review of the Vision 2030 Agenda is essential to the achievement of sustainable development.

The United Nations in Jamaica is a main partner of the 2021 Youth Consultative Conference; and together with The Governor-General’s Programme for Excellence will build on discussions by focusing on the roles, rights, and priorities of young people in COVID-19 recovery efforts. The conference will encompass the overarching theme “Building a Resilient Path to Recovery with and for Jamaica’s Youth.”

The 2021 YCC promises to be exciting and engaging and will feature workshops, keynote presentations and performances galore. A key output of the conference is a public call to action for youth priorities to be mainstreamed into COVID-19 recovery efforts.


Consultative Sessions

Local experts will lead presentation and consultations with young people around various themes to be explored. Young people are encouraged to use these sessions to share their ideas and perspectives for how we should address the challenges explored.

Call to Action

A call to action will be developed and shared widely with key stakeholders that play an important role in the implementation of the SDGs and COVID-19 recovery efforts.


The workshops are designed to be hands-on and interactive and will leave you wanting to share what you learned with your peers. Sessions will focus on the SDGs and self-care.

Virtual Conference Simulation

The conference is virtual, but you have an opportunity to experience the conference using our simulation platform. You can walk into the rooms where sessions are being held and network with each other as if you were at a physical venue.

 09:30 – 10:00
Opening Ceremony

Hosted by one of the most well-loved media personalities, Dr. Terri-Karelle Reid, the opening ceremony will feature key addresses and performances to kick start an exciting programme of activities.

  10:00 – 11:00

Inside the Classroom: Are we leaving anyone behind?

Opening Plenary

A rich, guided discussion, featuring the Hon. Robert Morgan State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth & Information, and youth representatives from major organizations. This session will explore ways of mitigating the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic on public education in Jamaica, embracing a youth centred approach to learning in pursuit of an inclusive educational framework that leaves no one behind.

  11:00 – 11:25
Youth-Talk Back Session

Social Media mogul Rushane ‘Rushcam’ Campbell will lead the virtual audience through a series of questions and answers for the members of the opening plenary. You will be able to ask your questions live on social media and in the chats of the various streaming platforms.

 11:30 – 13:00
Virtual Village Exhibitions

Use the virtual simulation platform to peruse displays from various organizations and network with each other.

EduTech: Learn, Unlearn, Relearn

Re-imagining learning and safeguarding access to quality education in a post-pandemic environment.

Mr. Gordon Swaby

Co-Founder of EduFocal

Digital Citizenship & the Psychology of COVID-19

Addressing Covid-19’s psychological impact on youth and promoting responsible use of technology in an increasingly online world.

Ms. Amanda Fraser

Clinical Psychologist

Fact Check: True or False?

Navigating the challenges of misinformation and vaccination hesitancy on Jamaica’s COVID-19 recovery efforts and vaccination.

Dr. Khia Josina Duncan

READY SET 2030: Youth Empowered to Take ACTION on Vision 2030

Rallying youth and community voices in partnerships for the goals. Highlighting youth within the SDGs and peer-led approaches for mainstreaming the SDGs and Vision 2030 in youth programmes.

Selfcare: Health is Wealth

Creative techniques for improving physical, social, emotional, and mental wellbeing of young people in isolation due to COVID-19.

 09:30 – 9:30
Welcome and Recap

Dr. Terri-Karelle Reid

  09:40 – 10:30
Keynote Presentation: Together in COPING

Providing support to vulnerable groups of young people whose social circumstances are further heightened by the restriction of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  11:00 – 11:50
Keynote Presentation: Technological Justice

Rethinking, and nurturing technological innovations that have social value and are environmentally sustainable.

  13:00 – 13:15
Conference Highlights

Dr. Terri-Karelle Reid

  13:15 – 13:20
Closing Address

Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake

The United Nations Secretary- General's Envoy on Youth.

  13:20 – 13:25
Closing Remarks

Mr. Abrahim Simmonds

National Coordinator, The GGPE

  13:25 – 14:25
After Party
Frequently Asked Questions
Since 2011, the Youth Consultative Conference has provided a platform for young people across Jamaica to share their ideas on leaders can address some of the most pressing social issues. In more recent times, the YCC has also been used to inspire excellence with keynote presentations and engaging activities.
The YCC caters to every single Jamaican but is more tailored to the needs of our young people ages 12-30.
The conference will be held online on October 6 and 7, 2021 from 9 AM to 3 PM each day. However, there are many breaks in between major sessions to limit screen fatigue.
Once you have registered, we will be sure to email you the links for all the main sessions and the ones for which you have indicated special interest. You will be able to join the main sessions from platforms like Zoom, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
The main sponsors of the YCC for 2021 are: The United Nations in Jamaica, The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China and the Kingston Bookshop. Other sponsors are being onboarded with lots of giveaways.
There are so many topics that we could explore as we build a resilient path to recovery, but very little time. We have decided to have breakout sessions and workshops to give you an opportunity to join those you have a greater interest in.
No. You do not have to attend all the sessions. Each session has its own access, and you can join the ones that you find most appealing. We do encourage that you attend the main sessions and at least one consultative session and a workshop.
No. You do not need to register again if you want to change sessions. You are free to join another group on the day of the event.
Each group will have a rapporteur who will document all the ideas that you have shared. Not everyone will be able to unmute their mic and share their suggestions, but all attendees will be able to use various tools like mentimetre and google forms to capture what you have to share. All persons will be able to use the chat. At the end of each session, the rapporteur will group all the recommendations and share with participants.
No. The conference is forever free. You will just need access to the internet and a smart phone, tablet, desktop, or laptop computer.
All sessions will be recorded, and the presentation files will be shared online.
We plan to use a myriad of online solutions to make the sessions engaging, including a virtual conference simulation. This will allow you to create an avatar and attend various rooms in a virtual conference centre.