A group of mentors were honoured Saturday for their contribution in helping children in the Cayman Islands.
Dozens of coaches, youth workers and instructors were applauded during a reception hosted by National Youth Commission Chairman Jenny Manderson at the Marriott Beach Resort on Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman.
Saturday’s event came one day after the release of a revised National Youth Policy, which saw the government unveil an updated strategy for an initiative introduced 12 years ago to better facilitate youth development in the Cayman Islands.
“We must listen more closely to our young people, and step outside our comfort zones to reach those on the fringes,” said Mark Scotland, youth minister for the Cayman Islands. “We’re not reinventing the wheel, for there are many good programmes already underway.”
The event was part of the regional observance of Caribbean Youth Day, celebrated each year on 30 September.
A school band played music, while dance and skit routines also were performed. Several local dignitaries were in the audience.
Mr. Scotland encouraged continued efforts between the youth commission and government ministries and portfolios. He said private sector firms should become involved in youth development and cited the Superior Auto training programme as a good example.
Mrs. Manderson congratulated community volunteers for uplifting children and young people.