Rotary supports youth

Rotary Sunrise has donated $6,000 to a programme that helps train adults who work with young people in the Cayman Islands.

The training programme, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman Sunrise, is taught under the guidance of the Government Youth Services Unit on the campus of the University College of the Cayman Islands.

Eighteen participants are studying in the programme.

Katherine Whittaker, head of the Cayman Islands Youth Services Unit, said: “Participants this session are from churches, uniformed groups [such as the Girls Brigade], community groups, and government agencies such as the Youth Services Unit and the Department of Community Rehabilitation.”

Participants learn such skills as how to have meaningful dialogues with young people, the importance of being non-judgmental, and the art of discussing options with young people versus directing or commanding their actions.

Those interested in learning more about the training programme should note that participants must presently work with Cayman Islands youth on at least a weekly basis in community programming.

They should also consider the academic rigor of the programme, as some of the material is quite involved and requires robust interaction with other research to complete assignments, organisers say.

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