Key Leaders sought

The Kiwanis Club of Grand Cayman is planning its first Key Leader event.

Key Leader is a weekend leadership experience for youth leaders. It focuses on service leadership as the first, most meaningful leadership-development experience. A Key Leader will learn the most important lesson of leadership: that leadership comes from helping others succeed.

The Grand Cayman event will be held 21-23 September at St. Ignatius Catholic School.

The Key Leader programme is aimed at turning middle achievers into high achievers through fostering teamwork and leadership skills in a nurturing environment under a skilled facilitator from Kiwanis International.

Kiwanis Club of Grand Cayman President Paul de Freitas is appealing to the businesses to help get the first Key Leader programme launched here.

There will be up to 80 teens between the ages of 15 and 18 chosen to participate in the event. Kiwanis is accepting nominations from the community. Younger teens will be invited to future Key Leader events.

Teens will be invited to apply to participate through an advertisement to be placed in late July/early August and by a direct e-mail to Key Club members who already are aware of the programme. Successful teens will be notified by the end of August.

Kiwanis is also asking corporate citizens in Cayman to help with the cost of the programme, which is $150 for each teen.

‘The cost of this programme per attendee is just CI$150, but the benefits to the teen are far-reaching and life altering,’ says Mr. de Freitas in his letter to businesses. ‘It is difficult to find a more worthwhile way to spend CI$150 in the community to start solving teen issues. The teens of today are your employees tomorrow.’

Already 120 packets have been mailed out and initial response has been positive.

CITCO (Cayman Islands) Ltd. has donated $1,500 representing three sponsorships for teens associated with CITCO staff and seven adjudicated sponsorships from applicants to attend. First Caribbean Bank has donated US$1,000 to support adjudicated applicants.

Many firms, local and overseas, have agreed to sponsor one or more teens including Parkers, Megasol Technologies and Shaw Group.

Hilary McKenzie-Cahill and ‘Bound For Success’ have graciously granted us the use of their Challenge Course adjacent to the Cayman Islands Sailing Club which will form an exciting and important part of the weekend experience for the teens who attend.

Sunshine Suites are generously hosting the US-based facilitators.

‘Hilary McKenzie-Cahill and Bound For Success have graciously granted us the use of their Challenge Course adjacent to the Cayman Islands Sailing Club which will form an exciting and important part of the weekend experience for the teens who attend,’ he said. Sunshine Suites is the US-based facilitators.

Forms to nominate teens or to donate to the event can be found at

Mr. de Freitas, who is the project iniatator, can be contacted at 916-6331.

Lucy Croft, an experienced Key Leader facilitator from the USA will run the event. She is the assistant vice president for Student Affairs at the University of North Florida and a veteran presenter of leadership and educational workshops on a local, regional, and national level. Her volunteer experiences have included serving as Membership Development Council vice-president for the Junior League of Cincinnati; chairing the 2003 National Association for Campus Activities National Convention; and assisting the Association of Tennis Professionals.

‘Key Club members from John Grey, Triple C, Cayman Prep and High School and St Ignatius will participate and we aim to have participants from the Sister Islands and from other Grand Cayman High Schools,’ said Mr. de Freitas.

Recently chartered St. Matthews University Circle K club will be providing local facilitators to assist Lucy Croft and to chaperone students overnight in conjunction with Kiwanis members.

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