A former Miss Teen Cayman Islands is recognising outstanding youths who have the territory at heart.
Yentel McGaw, a former student of John Gray High School and Miss Teen Cayman Islands 2007-2008, was awarded the Miss Teen Worldwide Caribbean in 2008.
She is passionate about the development and recognition of the youth in the Cayman Islands.
The Yentel McGaw Youth Community Excellent Award was founded due to the community overlooking youths who make a difference. She said she felt that is was necessary to award these youth for their contribution to a better society.
The program recognises the outstanding and hard work of youths that have the interest of the Cayman Islands at heart to bring positive motivation to others as well as the betterment of themselves and the islands through voluntary community service.
Any youth organisation, as well as public or private schools are encouraged to nominate any male or female between the ages of 14 and 20 who are suited for this award.
The winner is selected from five finalists and will go on to represent his or her nominated organisation and the YCEA organisation. The winner is awarded with a two-year local government scholarship, a trophy, $1,000 that goes back to the organisation that nominated the individual and a roundtrip airline ticket.
A luncheon ceremony celebration will be held in honour of the five finalists and the overall winner on 18 August at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort Golden Sand Ballroom.
This year’s guest of honour is Garth Arch, 2012 recipient of the Young Caymanian Leadership Award, and a special guest will be 2010 YCEA winner Martina Bodden.
Application forms can be picked up from any youth organisation, private and public schools or any committee member. The deadline to enter the event is 30 July.
For more information interested person can log on to www.youthcea.com or contact Yentel McGaw on 917-2640.