Youth groups should get incentives, band leader tells gov’t

The leading member of a 66-year-old musical band of mainly young people has called for Government to provide incentives for non-profit groups that have a track record of being involved in youth development.

Captain Linval Tennant, who heads the George Washington Marching Band that is based in Linstead, St Catherine, said the incentives could include certification to prove the existence and operation of the group.

He also recommends reduced import duties on items to be used strictly by the established group that has been certified.

“For this group and other groups in Jamaica, I want more acknowledgement from the government; we want to be more recognized. I want them to accept us as a family of Jamaica because we are doing our part and they are ignoring us,” Tennant further told The Beacon.

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