The aim of the Digital Awareness & Readiness & Engagement (D.A.R.E) Initiativeis to work collaboratively with private and public sector organizations as well as individuals and other interest-based partners to develop sustainable and rewarding internship, mentorship, and training programmes for young Jamaicans.
We acknowledge that now more than any other time our young people have access to smart devices and broadband internet. However, access to digital tools does not automatically equate to digital literacy or even skills acquisition. What’s more, the cost-prohibitive nature of accessing internet services, much less more extensive opportunities to engage in tech for young people outside of urban areas is a major inhibitor to more sustained exposure to tech.
Our inclusive initiative supports young people all across Jamaica in gaining the skills, experiences, and connections necessary to prepare them for contemporary careers in a borderless hyper-digital job market.
November is National Youth Month in Jamaica. Over 4 weeks a plethora of activities are staged by the GOJ as well as private organizations to recognize, engage and empower Jamaican youths. Last year Digital Jamaica as part of the D.A.R.E initiative staged our first Youth Month Summit under the theme “The Future of Work: How Digitization Affects Employment” .
The annual summit provides a structured framework of activities and opportunities for young people to network, interact, create, learn and innovate.
On day one of the summit there were a series of 4 thought provoking and insightful discussions featuring an impressive line-up of 21 panelists and 4 special guests made up of Jamaican & Caribbean professionals from varying tech and academic backgrounds, will be live for four and Q&A’s around the Summit Theme.