Members of the Young Caymanian Speakers’ Bureau are undertaking 20 weeks of introducing themselves to the public, a week for each member of the bureau.
Membership is comprised of 20 past Young Cayman Leadership Awards finalists and winners who will volunteer their time as guests or keynote speakers at public events such as school assemblies, motivational seminars, community meetings, service organisation gatherings, fundraising galas and corporate functions. There they will talk on specific topics that relate to their life experiences and fields of expertise, while seeking to challenge and inspire their audiences.
The bureau was established by the Young Caymanian Leadership Foundation and is sponsored by CIBC FirstCaribbean.
“We were so encouraged by CIBC FirstCaribbean’s immediate response to our programme,” said Jackie Hansen, director of the Young Caymanian Leadership Foundation. “Like most non-profits, the YCSB needs financial support to grow but CIBC FirstCaribbean’s decision meant more to us than that; it was the belief in our vision and in our ability to realise it and for this we are eternally grateful.”
Mark McIntyre, managing director of CIBC FirstCaribbean Cayman, said, “Developing the leadership potential among our local youth population is one of the objectives CIBC FirstCaribbean has set as part of our organisation’s corporate social responsibility programme and we are excited about the opportunity to partner with YCLA to take this message ‘on the road’ so to speak. We believe that this dynamic group of young leaders will cultivate a new generation of up and coming talent, and inspire them to greatness.”
During the 20-week media tour, each speaker will spend the entire day being presented to the community, starting with media appearances on TV, radio and in print, as well as appearances throughout the day at schools and various community organisations.
Collin Anglin, the 2010 recipient of the Young Caymanian Leadership Award, is a member of the Speakers Bureau and is excited about the potential opportunities that the initiative will provide.
“It truly takes a village to raise a child; not just to raise them, but to help them achieve their full potential. The work of the YCSB would not be possible if it were not for the generosity and support of our sponsors, such as CIBC FirstCaribbean, helping us reach as many of our youth as possible through the power of the spoken word. Words sink deep into a person and affect the way they think. If we can positively affect the way our young people think, it will in turn impact the choices they make and the things that they do. I would like to personally thank CIBC FirstCaribbean for their committed partnership in helping us raise our children to be all they can be.”
Any company, school or organisation interested in securing a speaker can log on to the YCSB page of the Foundation website and register an invitation for engagement.
For more information, call 516-1111.