More than 40 students turned out recently to work on their leadership skills through the Kiwanis Club of Grand Cayman.
The club held its sixth annual Key Leader event 19 to 21 October at the St. Ignatius campus. Fourty-four students – including five from Cayman Brac – both male and female ranged in age from 14 to 18. Nine past Key Leader attendees were also on hand as student facilitators, guiding their assigned “neighbourhood” and allowing for their own personal growth.
The Key Leader programme is designed to help teenagers develop leadership skills. The programme is run annually in Cayman and is open to all teenagers who want to attend. Participants are taught the five principles of service leadership: Personal integrity, personal growth, respect for yourself and others, building community and the pursuit of excellence.
This year, the Kiwanis Club brought down Scott Johnson from North Carolina as lead facilitator who leads several Key leader programmes throughout the United States each year representing Kiwanis International. Assisting Scott in the capacity of site coordinator was local Kiwanis President Kadi Merren.
“This is the second year I’ve been involved with this amazing leadership programme and it was the best one yet,” Ms Merren said. “After the event, I received countless messages about how much the students enjoyed and benefited from the weekend and some informed me that they would be back every year. I think that Key Leader is something that every high school student should experience and I’m looking forward to another successful programme next year.”
Each year, the event is offered to interested students for $25, through the sponsorship of the Cayman business community.
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