Youth group presents leadership camp

The Cayman Islands Youth Development Consortium has come up with a unique feature for Fearless Xtreme camp.

Besides competitions and games, the camp is training and empowering young people to deal with the issues of youth violence, substance abuse, teen pregnancy and other developmental issues within their society.

Youth Development Consortium CEO Sylvia Wilks, Camp Director Kimberly Pitta and Manager Jessica Willis have discussed the up coming activities with the Governor Mr. Stuart Jack.

The theme of the camp Fearless Xtreme according to Ms Wilks is meant to encourage campers to be brave to live in admiration and reverence to God and without the fear and anxiety of risk factors that threaten their development. It is also meant to test young people on how far, whether individually or corporately they are willing to go to deal with issues or risk factors.

The camps are being held over a four week period starting the fist week in August.

Week one starts with George Town/West Bay, Week two Bodden Town/ Savannah, Week three North Side/East End and Week four in the Sister Islands.

Preceding the four week camp there will be a one week impact training of teen leaders. Working as staff, they will form a youth advisory board of the Consortium. They will advise on activities to promote positive youth development. A select group of young people will also form youth advisory councils in their communities.

‘Since starting the Consortium in 2006 the Governor has shown a great interest in the new venture, never failing to enquire as to the progress of the camp. The Governor has also agreed to host the closing reception of Fearless Xtreme at his residence 30th August. At the reception young people will showcase their work produced throughout the four weeks of camps, and be awarded for work in their communities,’ said Ms Wilks.

So far the camp has received sponsorship from ATC Trustees who donated US$1,000, but Ms Wilks said more contributions such as food, beverages, prizes and gift certificates are needed.

For registration and information on sponsoring this event check on website www.ccyfinfo.com or contact Sylvia Wilks at 917-3885.

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