‘Proud of Them’ campaign seeks names

| 19/05/2015
Cayman News Service

NYC Chairman Rev. Donovan Meyers

(CNS): Nominations are now open for the “Proud of Them” programme, which recognises the positive achievements of young people throughout Cayman across a variety of fields. The National Youth Commission (NYC) and the Cayman Islands Government are jointly sponsoring the fourth round of this initiative. The nominees should be between 10 and 25 years old, and stand out in one of the following areas: academics, sports, career, culture, business or community service. Notable personal characteristics should include initiative, attitude and relationships with peers.

Each recipient will receive a $500 stipend and be featured for six months on one of the billboards that will be mounted across the Cayman Islands.

In launching the programme, Youth Minister Osbourne Bodden said, “These are teenagers of diverse interests and abilities, who possess one common denominator: an unbridled determination and dedication, as well as strong personal responsibility.

“While this is very laudable, we are in a time when the challenges facing youths range from employment opportunities and education related-challenges, to increased exposure to drugs and crime.”

Bodden added that Government continues to regard these issues as being of national importance. “This Proud of Them initiative presents the positive flip-side to our youth, and focuses on their dynamic potential.

“What it also does, is to magnify the talents that these boys and girls possess, and recognises, by default, the rewarding end-results of the process where parents, friends, educators and the wider community maintain active interest in helping them overcome the hurdles of adolescence, and mature into promising young adults,” Bodden said.

Others present at the launch included NYC Chairman Rev. Donovan Meyers, Chief Officer Dorine Whittaker and other Ministry and Youth Services Unit representatives.

The deadline for submitting names is Friday, 29 May 2015. For entry forms visit http://goo.gl/forms/nPhz5Ber6L


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