At a special presentation reviewing the past year’s accomplishments, the Save Our Youth Foundation recognised the support of both corporate sponsors and individuals in helping the organisation in its mission to empower the young people of the Cayman Islands.
One of the highlights of the year was the inauguration of the SOY Achievement Medallion Awards, which recognise students who may not be the highest performers academically, but whose positive attitude and work ethic are worthy of public praise. At ceremonies at the end of the 2012 school year, SOY presented medallions and certificates to primary and secondary students across Grand Cayman.
“The highest academic achievers get acknowledged every year, and rightly so, but we want to encourage those students who may not be at the top of their class but deserve to be rewarded for their efforts,” explained SOY President Iris Stoner to those gathered at the end-of-year presentation.
The medallion awards programme, supported by the Ministry of Education, this year comprised John Gray High School, Clifton Hunter High School, Triple C School, Truth for Youth, George Town Primary, John A Cumber Primary and East End Primary.
In addition to the Ministry, SOY recognised programme sponsors Cayman National, Ogier, DHL, Butterfield Bank, Cayman Business Machines and George Town Crafts.
Last year SOY again held its signature event, the Football Extravaganza/Family Fun Day, in which teams of under-17 and under-15 boys and girls participate in a day of football matches. During this event, SOY also offered family friendly activities for the younger children. Throughout the day, guest speakers addressed the participants about the importance of making positive choices in their lives. This event has proved more popular every year and the next one is scheduled for Saturday, 1 June.
During the meeting, retired Deputy Governor Donovan Ebanks presented SOY Community Service Awards, in recognition of the recipients’ “Contribution, commitment and dedication to the youth of the Cayman Islands”.
Mr. Ebanks has been a long-time supporter of the efforts of Save Our Youth. In explaining his involvement, he said, “I am very pleased with the work of the organisation and their efforts to help the youth of Cayman. I have been around this organisation for quite some time and they are a committed group of people who understand the issues affecting our youth. I will continue to support the organisation however I can and I strongly recommend that the community get behind the organization’s mission as much as possible.”
MLA Ellio Solomon was also on hand to show his support and present certificates of appreciation for Outstanding Service to the Youth of the Cayman Islands.
Mrs. Stoner challenged those attending to get involved to help SOY accomplish its goals as she outlined the organisation’s mission.
“It has been a busy and rewarding year for Save Our Youth, though there is a lot more that we need to accomplish,” she said. “As many of you know, our overriding purpose is to empower the youth of Cayman to be positive, contributing members of society, whether through academic achievement, community service, taking on leadership roles or succeeding as entrepreneurs. Whatever we do or whatever activity or cause in which we become involved, achieving this goal is both our priority and our motivation.”
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