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  AGENCY = YOUTH, SPORTS & CULTURE, MINISTRY OF


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Nominate Person for Youth Award of Excellence

The Youth Award of Excellence is award to young people who have been nominated by their respective organisations for their outstanding contributions to the life of the organisation. This award is bestowed by the government on an annual basis. Each year, The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture request nominations from organisations for individuals to be considered for inclusion in the National Youth Recognition Awards. All nominees must be submitted to the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, Division of Youth for consideration.

Each island has their own Local Award Ceremony; the most distinguished young person from that event will be selected to represent the island at the National Youth Recognition Awards.


Accessing the Fresh Start Programme

The Fresh Start Programme is a youth employment skills training programme that provides job search skills and training to youth between the ages of 16 to 25. Once enrolled in this programme, participants are exposed to relevant workplace experiences and instructions through a structured training and placement curriculum. The programme covers a variety of personal development and job search topics, geared to afford the young prospective professionals, with the resources, information and tools needed for successful employment and job retention.

Application to Become a Certified Youth Leader

The Youth Leaders Certification Programme was designed to:

  • Train, expose and sharpen the skills of present youth leaders in techniques and methods in your work.
  • Provide training in leadership skills
  • Assist youth leaders and youth workers in developing competencies necessary to effectively manage young people and
  • Formulate basic concepts regarding the role of Youth organisation.

    This course is designed to cover a ten week period, comprising nice sessions, and a field study. Interested individuals may apply to the Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture, Division of Youth to participate in the Certificate Programme.

  • Application to Participate in Self-Start Programme

    The Government of the Bahamas believes in investing in young people and improving the quality of life through the combined efforts of hard work and dedication, a solid vision, and a helping hand.

    The Self-Starter Programme is a government funded grant-based programme to empower young Bahamian citizens, 18 to 30 years, seeking to establish or expand small businesses. It will provide aspiring entrepreneurs with a valid small business idea, self-employed and unemployed, with funding from BS$1000 to BS$5000 to acquire tools and supplies for their businesses. Funds will be paid directly to the supplier.

    The programme is managed by the Department of Youth, with an independent selection committee responsible for the selection process.


    Application to Teach Summer Youth Programme

    The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture hosts several annual summer programmes. Each year, thousands of our young people are out of school for summer break. The Division of Youth, in collaboration with the Sports and Culture Divisions of the Ministry host a major four week fun-filled programme. Young persons between the ages of five to fifteen are engaged in organised, character building and dynamic programmes, based in schools and churches throughout New Providence and the Family Islands.

    The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture uses this as an opportunity to provide employment opportunities for suitable persons during the summer period. Persons interested in a teaching or supervisor position must apply to the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture.


    Cultural Training Summer Programme

    The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture hosts several annual summer programmes. The Department of Culture hosts summer cultural programmes during the month of July. Various art forms such as dance, music, Junkanoo, art, drama, drumming, etc. are taught. Persons interested in receiving training must apply to the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture.

    National Centre for the Performing Arts

    The National Centre for the Performing Arts is a facility that can be rented for various types of events. Persons interested in using the facility must apply.

    National Summer Youth Programme

    The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture hosts several annual summer programmes. Each year, thousands of our young people are out of school for summer break. The Division of Youth, in collaboration with the Sports and Culture Divisions of the Ministry host a major four week fun-filled programme. Young persons between the ages of five to fifteen are engaged in organised, character building and dynamic programmes, based in schools and churches throughout New Providence and the Family Islands.

    Persons interested in receiving training must apply to the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, Department of Sports.


    National Youth Parliament Application

    The Youth Parliament is held annually in observance of National Youth Month. The purpose of Youth Parliament is to expose Bahamian youth to parliamentary procedures as well as current issues, affecting youth development. Young persons are selected, trained and make presentations in the House of Assembly in two session.

    Youth Parliament affords the young person the opportunity to voice their concerns, offer solutions, raise a level of consciousness in our society and bring to the fore the positive contribution made by youth to the economic, social and cultural development of the nation.

    Interested individuals may apply to the Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture, Division of Youth to participate in the National Youth Parliament.

    Nominate Person for Sports Hall of Fame

    The Sports Hall of Fame is the highest award that The Bahamas Government gives to individuals for their accomplishment in sports. This award is bestowed by the government on an annual basis. Each year, the Sporting Federation would recommend a list of athletes to be considered for inclusion in the Sports Hall of Fame. All nominees must be submitted to the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, Department of Sport for consideration.

    Nominate Person for the Youth Leader Award

    The Youth Leader Award is given to the most outstanding nominee who have gone above and beyond service and aided in the development of youth for more than 10 years. The Committee will select the recipients of these awards. The nominees from both Abaco and Grand Bahama will be decided on by those islands. Nominations for all other islands and New Providence will be decided upon by a separate committee organised by the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture. These awards are bestowed by the government on an annual basis. All nominees must be submitted to the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, Division of Youth for consideration.

    The nominees from both Abaco and Grand Bahama will be decided on by those islands.


    Nominating a Youth Organisation of the Year

    These awards are targeted to those organisations, who have distinguished themselves for excellence in service to the Nation’s Youth. These organisations would have distinguished themselves by going above and beyond the call. Nominations will be received from each Family Island; however a final decision will be made by a select committee on the winners for all the islands with the exception of New Providence, Grand Bahama and Abaco. These islands will be responsible for selecting the winners from their respective island. These awards are bestowed by the government on an annual basis. All nominees must be submitted to the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, Division of Youth for consideration.

    Participate in Sports Training Summer Programme

    The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture hosts several annual summer programmes. The Department of Sport hosts a five week summer cultural program during the month of July to the first week in August. Various sport disciplines are taught:

  • Baseball
  • Cheerleading/Dance
  • Cycling
  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Cricket
  • Golf
  • Lawn tennis
  • Netball
  • Sailing (Olympic and sloop).
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball

    Persons interested in receiving training must apply to the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, Department of Sports.


  • Private Sector Summer Employment Partnership

    The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture in partnership with the Private sector provides employment opportunities for young people during the summer period. Young persons between the ages of 16 to 26 are employed during the summer in an effort to gain work experience.

    Through the Private sector Summer Employment Partnership programme, Organisations interested in employing young persons may submit their request to the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, Department of Youth. The Department of Youth will review request to ensure that an appropriate match between skill required and personnel is achieved.


    Registering a National Youth Band

    The growth and development of youth bands form a microcosm of the Ministry’s strategic plan for youth development. Youth bands provide healthy alternatives for youth at the community level. It is an avenue for discipline and training, development of artistic ability, enhancement of personhood through the acquisition of pride and self-fulfilment, enhancement of self worth, cultural awareness and positive socialization.

    Youth Band may register with the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture to be eligible for government grants and other assistance offered by the Department of Youth.

    Registering a Youth Organisation

    The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture maintains relationship with over 300 registered youth organizations. This relationship helps to concretize the alliance with youth leaders, as well as assist in the coordinated growth and development of youth organizations.

    Specific activities of the unit include:

    1. The ongoing maintenance of an active database on youth organizations;
    2. Consultative services to facilitate the requests of youth organizations and ensure quality of service in New Providence and Family Islands;
    3. Co-ordination of youth involvement in national events;
    4. Promote the involvement and expansion of youth organizations across the Bahamas.

    Registered Youth Organizations Benefit From:

  • Technical assistance
  • Financial assistance
  • Youth Leaders training and certification
  • Administrative support
  • Mentoring
  • Quarterly youth leader for a
  • Referral services
  • International networking
  • Meeting with your organization to help form/structure
  • Attending a meeting here and there to understand what to do and how we can help
  • Assist in searching for International grants and opportunities
  • Expand your organization to the Islands/Utilize what is working here/identify and train elsewhere

  • Registering to Compete in Junior Junkanoo

    Junior Junkanoo is a competitive display of indigenous Junkanoo music, dance, and festive costumes by primary and secondary schools in New Providence and visiting Family Islands schools. Junior Junkanoo caters for ages 3 to 18 years.

    Before schools in New Providence, Grand Bahama, and the Family Island can participate in Junkanoo festivals, they must be registered with the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, Department of Culture.


    Request for Youth Band Grant

    The growth and development of youth bands form a microcosm of the Ministry’s Strategic Plan for Youth Development. Youth bands provide healthy alternatives for youth at the community level.

    The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, through the Division of Youth, gives annual grants to Youth bands that are registered with the Division of Youth, to assist with Youth Band Strengthening. Interested bands may make requests to the Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture, Division of Youth. Grants are provided at the discretion of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture.


    Request for Youth Organisation Grant

    The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, through the Division of Youth, gives annual grants to organizations that are registered with the Division of Youth, to assist with Youth Organisation Strengthening. Interested organisations may make requests to the Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture, Division of Youth. Grants are provided at the discretion of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture.

    Volunteer Bahamas Organisation Registration Form

    This Form is to be completed by Organisations that wish to be registered with the Volunteer Bahamas Programme. Their information will be made available to registered volunteers of the programme.

    Volunteer Bahamas Registration Form

    This Form is used by all persons who wish to register to volunteer their time to assist in various areas of the community through The Volunteer Bahamas Programme.

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