New youth ambassadors sought

| 05/12/2016
CNS Local Life

James Myles of the Youth Services Unit

(CNS Local Life): The Youth Services Unit is looking for next year’s Cayman Islands’ CARICOM Youth Ambassadors (CYAs). One male and one female Caymanian, resident in the Cayman Islands and aged 18-27 years old, will be selected, with the application deadline Friday, 16 December 2017. Some overseas travel will be necessary and the successful candidates will serve for up to three years on the programme.

During their unpaid tenure, CYAs are expected to help the regional organisation increase youth knowledge and awareness of CARICOM issues and priorities. The Cayman Islands’ current youth ambassadors, James Geary and Takiyah Smith, have helped share the views of local youngsters in discussions on the formation of CARICOM policies and programmes.

Successful applicants will similarly advocate and perform a peer education role serving as watchdogs for community decisions which affect local young people.

The CARICOM Youth Ambassadors programme acts as a regional network for Caribbean young people and provides a framework for youth participation in the organisations’ decision-making.

To be effective, CYAs will need to:

  • Formulate a local programme of activities;
  • Network with various CARICOM and government departments, youth organisations and other stakeholders;
  • Consistently engage in dialogue with youth and other stakeholders, as well as share information and ideas through formal and informal channels.

Members of the Youth Services Unit and past CARICOM Youth Ambassadors will interview the shortlisted candidates.

For more information about the programme and to obtain an application form, email James Myles of the Youth Services Unit

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