Mentoring Cayman kicks off

Mentoring Cayman began this week with an opening reception at the Marriott Beach Resort where 50 students from public and private high schools accompanied by their parents were introduced to their mentors for the first time.

Chamber President Mr. James Tibbetts thanked the mentors and students for participating in this year’s programme, which involves six official visits, ending in June with a reception at Government House. Mr. Tibbetts advised the mentors and students to keep the lines of communication open so that they can learn from each other.

Marriott Beach Resort

Bayles and Manderson: Kayla Manderson from John Gray High School, centre, and her mother Karla Manderson, left, speak with Kaylas mentor Susie Bayles, an educational psychologist for the Department of Education.
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The central goals of Mentoring Cayman are to motivate students to achieve higher results in school, introduce them to potential new career paths, encourage them to go on to post-secondary education, help them to understand their own strengths and capabilities and to develop a positive work ethic.

A mandatory training session for all mentors takes place today. A mandatory orientation session for all participating students will take place Wednesday, 23 January, at the John Gray High School Hall at 6pm.

The first official work visit of 2008 is scheduled for 29 January.

For more information about Mentoring Cayman or any other Chamber of Commerce programme contact Joanne Diaz-Berry on 949 8090 (ext. 124) or email [email protected]