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‘Youth Building a B.O.L.D. Future’ – Theme of Youth Month (October)

‘Youth Building a B.O.L.D. Future’ – Theme of Youth Month (October)

NASSAU, The Bahamas — The month of October has been launched as National Youth Month. The announcement was made during a press conference held at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture on Monday, 26th September.  The Minister, Hon. Mario Bowleg said observance of Youth Month was a long time in coming since in-person celebrations were hampered due to COVID-19 protocols.

“We as a Ministry are so happy to announce the launch of in-person activities for the 2022 National Youth Month Celebrations.  Our young people have been able to survive the past two-and-a-half years of this pandemic through their resilience and pure grit, we salute and applaud them.”

He said this year’s theme, ‘Youth Building a B.O.L.D. Future: Bright, Optimistic, Label-less and Diverse’ speaks to the current space that young people exist in as they forge new pathways for themselves and walk boldly in the direction of their dreams.

“During the celebrations of this month our bright and optimistic youth will be on display for the entire world to see.  Our commitment is to be as inclusive and as diverse as is needed and to lead the charge in dropping all labels that are so often placed on our young people and instead taking the time to shine the light on the limitless possibilities that exist.”

He said that they were especially pleased that many of the Family Islands are joining in the celebrations. “So whether you reside in New Providence or in North Andros, Marsh Harbour, Georgetown, Matthew Town, Bannerman Town or Eight Mile Rock, there is a range of activities designed for you.

“As a part of our celebrations we are always delighted to partner with youth stakeholders and this year is no different, so I wish to take this opportunity to thank those who have joined this year’s celebrations in a formal way and [will be] hosting events for all to enjoy.”

During the month of activities, persons who contributed to the development of youth in the country will also be recognized and honored for their contributions.  Among them will be a couple from Grand Bahama who will be recognized as ‘Lifetime Achievement Honourees’:  They are  Leslie and Yvonne McDonald, who will serve as this year’s patrons.

Minister Bowleg said it is the intent of his team to ensure that by the end of October, every Bahamian through the length and breadth of the country would have a greater appreciation for the patrons’ work and legacy: Mr. McDonald as Founder of ‘Legends Marching Band’ and Mrs. McDonald as Commandant of the Grand Bahama Girls’ Brigade.  Community builder, educator and sports legend, Anita Doherty, will also be honored posthumously.

“I invite the public to join us in giving special honor to these pioneers in youth development,” said Mr. Bowleg. “So as Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, I send out a clarion call to one and all, National Youth Month is here, join us as we celebrate our youth who are building a bold future for themselves and for generations to come.”

The month of celebrations will include a number of activities beginning on October 1 with a Church Service.  Events will also include concerts, a youth leadership summit, speech competition, cooking competition, scavenger hunt, youth rally, youth award ceremony among other activities. The month will end with ‘Youth in Parliament’ and ‘Youth in the Senate’.

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