KPYO for YOUTH DAY is proud to announce that its 8 year successful FREE family festival for young aspiring artists created in Toronto is being hosted at Dump-Up Beach in downtown Montego Bay, Jamaica on January 24, 2015 from 11:00am to 11:00pm.
“It is so gratifying that with the keen insight of Mayor Glendon Harris of Montego Bay, and the support of The Ministry of Tourism, The Kiwanis Club International, Jamaican Diaspora – Canada Foundation (JDCF) and the Jamaican Canadian Association (JCA), that we all together and unanimously recognize the value and benefit of the arts for our children’s self expression and development for a bright future. Our Volunteer Team with so many local supporters in the Parishes are thrilled to bring this unique celebration to Youth in Jamaica this exciting New Year” says Tylaine Duggan, founder of YOUTH DAY.
YOUTH DAY was created in Canada in 2007 to engage young people, and help them find a passion in MUSIC, DANCE, ART, PHOTOGRAPHY, FASHION and FILM. The initiative focuses them during the year towards a goal, and at the festival, allows them to showcase their positive achievements across 2 outdoor stages and at a Youth Gallery in front of some 30,000 visitors – all applauding their efforts and building self-esteem in the kids.
Scott Mills of Crime Stoppers International comments: “YOUTH DAY celebrates the success and safety of our community. I have supported Tylaine Duggan and her team in their efforts to engage youth for success in my capacity as a Toronto Police officer and as a representative of Crime Stoppers Programs worldwide. YOUTH DAY reaches people we as police officers seldom reach at all. YOUTH DAY is inclusive of all people; changing and improving lives.”
While attention is gradually growing internationally towards youth and statistics for our next generation, Duggan is eager to expand beyond these continents to include Europe next year. President Andrea Scarlett, President of Kiwanis Club International in Hopewell Jamaica comments; “Kiwanis is about changing children’s lives and YOUTH DAY Jamaica is a grand opportunity to positively impact the lives of our talented Jamaican youths.”
Tylaine adds; “In my years scouting across the world for the future growth of the YOUTH DAY platform, I identified the same commonalities; A lack of youth activities; a lack of youth engagement in view of budget cuts, and all resulting in negative affects we too often hear about.
Reflected in our own planet’s history, it was indeed the civilizations that invested in the youth and arts that thrived and were the most creative outlets that provided us with historical figures such as poets, memorable artists and music legends. Then why not let the community with astute like-minded businesses supporting, reinvest in this next generation. It is the YD Mandate – as we can all do something and it behooves us all to do so – BE PART OF IT.”
ABOUT YOUTH DAY Jamaica
YOUTH DAY is a non-profit organization operated solely by dedicated Volunteers and caring Partner Organizations, enabled by Corporate brands sponsoring the operational costs of the festival’s production in a commendable gesture of giving back to their customers and showing their valued participation in the community. No Artists or Volunteers receive remuneration.
YD JAM 15 is championed by the Urban Development Corporation who are providing the event 18 acre beach front property for the festival on Saturday, January 24, 2015 in Montego Bay. The full non-stop 12 hour day commences at 11:00am through 11:00pm, and features over 100 changes with artists mostly ranging in age from 14 to 29; and includes an annual 6:00pm “Moment of Silence” for the Youth we have lost to violence plus a myriad Food and Artisan Vendors and valuable community services information stations for all to enjoy.
Other Corporate brands already on board include Precision Music Productions/True Tone for staging, Sea Kerr in Hopewell; Club Ambiance in Negril, and Chalis Car Rental for our transportation needs to name just a few to start the trend.
Wayne Holung, CEO of True Tone as a production sponsor to ensure a day to remember states: “We are extremely pleased to be a part of the YOUTH DAY family event which encourages our Youth to strive for success while they pursue their musical and dance aspirations. The YOUTH DAY festival will be a great outlet to showcase their hard work and talent.”
It is estimated that some 30,000 visitors will attend to support the hundreds of young aspiring artists showcasing, with mentor Celebrities, Community Leaders and Governmental Representatives present lending their time. Media is encouraged to spread the good news.
Audition Registration is now open on-line @ www.youthdayglobal.com/jamaica or artists aged 14 to 29 can contact their teacher at school to apply BE PART OF IT!
For more information, please contact:
Public Relations – YD JAM 15