The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture hosted scores of youth from various schools and civic organizations throughout Grand Bahama on Sunday, October 22, 2023 in a grand march and rally, climaxing a month of activities in commemoration of National Youth Month.
This year’s celebrations themed, “Youth: Excellence Is the Standard,” included a youth convention, appreciation breakfast, youth recognition awards ceremony and speech competition during the month of October.
The energetic rally was held on the grounds of the C.A. Smith Complex where Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Ginger Moxey advised the youth that they are not just the leaders of tomorrow, but also the leaders of today.
“Your ideas, your voices, your excellence and your actions matter. Your vibrancy will be the force to ignite positive change in our country and beyond. The Government of The Bahamas acknowledges your value and has formulated an aggressive agenda to empower young Bahamians by providing access to educational and empowering opportunities,” she said.
Minister Moxey also told the youngsters, Government officials, parents, youth leaders and community leaders gathered that the Government has also made provisions for youth representatives to have a seat at the table with the aim of inclusion, creating an environment for our young people to be heard and to contribution to national development.
She pointed out that Youth Month is a call to action to nurture, empower and motivate young Bahamians.
Recognizing that young people in today’s world face unique challenges, Minister Moxey said she is inspired every day by the resiliency of the people of Grand Bahama and the steady progress being made through the Government’s efforts to recover and rebuild the island.
“As I look into the faces of the brilliant young people present today, I am certain that many of you have also been impacted and are recovering and rebuilding your lives,” she said.
“To those who have faced adversity and overcome obstacles, I can attest that it is in the face of adversity that you will build resilience and strength that will serve you for a lifetime.”
Minister Moxey congratulated Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Mario Bowleg and his team in the Youth Division for a successful month of youth initiatives.
“My ministry looks forward to continued collaborations to support the youth of Grand Bahama,” she said, while encouraging everyone present to continue to push boundaries, break stereotypes, dream big and reach for the stars.
Before the march got underway, the crowd was also given a spirited welcome by Junior Minister of Tourism Layla Leathen; a sneak peak into 2023 Junior High School Speech Competition Winner Corey Damianos, Jr.’s winning piece; brief remarks from Michelle Bowleg, Deputy Director in the Ministry of Education and a special performance by Bahamian Sensation Elkin360.
The various youth organizations — from the Girls Guide Sunflowers to the marching bands — took to the streets of Grand Bahama in an impressive display of colors, energy and pride and marched to Independence Park.
Source: By LEDEDRA MARCHE/Bahamas Information Services
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