Forty-seven participants came together at the Westin Casuarina Resort Thursday, 17 May, to grapple with some of the issues facing youth in the Cayman Islands and the broader Caribbean region.
Organised by the Caribbean Development Bank with local partners, the Vybzing Cayman Islands Youth Forum is getting young people thinking about and discussing crime, citizen security, victimisation and the other challenges facing Cayman’s youth.
The aim is to help generate positive energy, possible solutions and action in response to the issues and challenges they face. Top three presentations produced during the exercise will be aired at the closing event of the CDB Annual Board of Governor’s conference this week.
The young people are guided in their deliberations by presentations from April Bernard of the University of the West Indies, Barbados; United Nations Development Programme consultant Paula A. Mohamed and CDB Portfolio Manager (social sector division), Deidre Clarendon. The presentations are themed on Citizen Security and the Development Agenda.
Participants Thursday represented University College of the Cayman Islands, John Gray High School, Lehman Scott High School, Cayman Islands Further Education Centre, Triple C, Cayman Prep and High, Cayman International School, Passport to Success and a political science major in Regent’s College in London, Donovan Kellyman.
Opening remarks from Minister of Education, Training and Employment Rolston Anglin; CDB Vice President (Corporate Services) and Bank Secretary Yvette Lemonias Seale; and CDB Information Services Unit Manager Angela Parris set the tone for the forum.
Partners in this youth empowerment exercise include UCCI and the ministries of Education, Training & Employment, and Finance, Tourism & Development.