New youth ambassador programme under way

Young people who are disciplined, positive and work well with others are encouraged to enlist in the new National Youth Ambassador Programme.

Organised by the Department of Youth and Sports for youth between the ages of 15 and 29, the programme is intended to prepare young people to represent the Islands at local, regional and international forums, said a GIS press release.

While there will be an application and screening process for youth ambassador applicants, there are no formal academic requirements. Instead, youth ambassadors should possess strong national and cultural pride and have a keen interest in youth issues, among other qualities.

‘Successful applicants should be interested in developing interpersonal and research skills, as well as public speaking and debating skills,’ said the department’s Assistant Director Katherine Whittaker.

‘The young men and women will then learn about international protocol; local, regional and international youth issues and agendas; making formal presentations to peers and others; and interacting with people from different cultures.’

Ms Whittaker added that applicants should be prepared to attend weekly meetings and work independently at times.

Young people have represented the Cayman Islands in such arenas as Commonwealth, United Nations and CARICOM events; international summits; global youth leadership seminars; regional workshops; and youth exchanges.

‘This new ambassador programme will be an additional pillar of support for youth who wish to participate in these activities,’ Ms Whittaker said.

For more information, or to register as a national youth ambassador, contact the Department of Youth and Sports at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex, or call 949-7082.

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