Save our Youth concert benefits awards programme

The Save our Youth Foundation is holding a gospel concert at the George Town Annex on Saturday, 27 August, to raise funds for a special awards programme for Cayman’s students. 

The Cayman Gospel Explosion will feature about 30 acts, and guest of honour Premier McKeeva Bush will also be singing. Among the performers will be: the Cayman Youth Choir, Rasheema Henry, Vanessa Y. Williams, First Baptist Church Choir, Final Hour, Kelly Sisters, Potters Clay and Pauze Entertainment.  

Pastor Felix Manzaneres, Young Caymanian Leadership Award finalist in 2010, will be the guest speaker. 

Tickets for the Cayman Gospel Explosion, which starts at 7pm, cost $10 and are available at Funky Tang’s and Roper’s every day, and at Foster’s Airport and Strand locations on Saturday, 20 and 27 August. Tickets will also be sold at the gate on the night of the event. Children under 18 will be admitted free. Ticket holders will be automatically entered into a prize draw.  

 

About the Foundation 

Save Our Youth Foundation is a youth empowerment organisation. Its main aim is to target troubled youth within society with the hope of providing a more stable future for them and improving their lives, while empowering them to be positive leaders, entrepreneurs and law-abiding citizens.  

By forming partnerships with various organisations within the community, the Foundation members believe that the many problems with which youth are now faced can be avoided with early intervention. 

The Foundation also hopes to build character and develop skills through academic and vocational training, while awarding scholarships to outstanding achievers in academics and athletics.  

Foundation members said in a press release that they understand the complexity and challenges of the issues they are addressing. However, as members of this community, they believe it is their responsibility to guide young people in the right direction. 

 

 

Award winners 

 

Award winners this year were Latoya Bush and Jose Ardila of John Gray High School, and Ariana Bain and Brandon Minton of Triple C School. 

Latoya spoke about what the award meant to her. “I felt very honoured upon receiving the Save our Youth Outstanding Community Service Award.  

“It gave me a boost to my self-confidence and it also symbolises a step towards a brighter future. Receiving this award gave me a sense of self-pride and has shown me appreciation for my dedication. It also gives me a willing spirit to continue helping out in my community,” she said. 

Latoya added, “Awards like these also show young people that they are appreciated for the time and effort that they have spent within their communities, and it encourages them to continue on the right path and to keep helping out in their communities in any way they can.” 

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Miss Cayman hopeful Jessica Ebanks hands Latoya Bush her Save Our Youth Community Service Award during this year’s John Gray High School graduation ceremony.– PHOTO: SUBMITTED
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