Youth 4WD

The Jamaica50 Steering Committee believes any celebration of Jamaica's independence should result in lasting benefits to the Jamaican Diaspora in Canada, the Canadian society at large, and to the global community.

Youth 4WD

 “Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.”- Tka Pinnock
4WD Media Spokesperson | Co-Chair, TKA Pinnock Email:

4WD – Youth Initiative

There are many youth involved in the Jamaica 50 Celebration supporting and leading the development of this successful year. The 4WD Committee events are run by young people, our leaders of tomorrow.  The events focus on our future success and the contributions that will be made to our communities and each other. Our mission is to empower each other by harnessing our potential and showcasing our talent through various events and activities in 2012.

4WD Vlog Series

This guerrilla-style video series follows the 4WD team as we explore why young people are excited to celebrate Jamaica’s golden anniversary in 2012

GETUP! WRITE UP!  Writing Competition

March 15 to April 15, 2012

A competition which invites young Canadians in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to celebrate the Jamaican influences in their lives. Contestants will submit a short story, prose, poem or song lyrics to a maximum of 500 words that speaks to how Jamaica, its culture and/ or people, has positively impacted them. The contest is open to residents of the GTA between the ages of 12 and 25. Rooted in the mosaic of our home, the competition is not limited to those of Jamaican background butis open to all young people.  Six winners will be selected by a panel of esteemed authors and young people.

Afro Chic Cultural Exhibit (June 2012)

Four women bring their collective ideas and interests to create a forum to address, embrace and reconstruct the portrayal of the Black Female, including the stigma attached to natural hair and natural beauty, coupled with the emotional and touchy sentiment tied to those concepts.