Premier confirms youth month

Premier Alden McLaughlin signed a proclamation on 16 August reaffirming January as Supporting Our Youth Month in the Cayman Islands.  

The original proclamation was signed in 2010 by then-premier McKeeva Bush. 

“We thought it would be significant to have the current Premier sign the original documents since he’ll be in that post for the next four years,” explained Sylvia Wilks, director of Caribbean Youth Assets and of the Cayman Islands Youth Development Consortium. 

Ms Wilks said the objective of Support Our Youth Month is to bring awareness to the 40 “assets” identified by the Research by Search Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as having an influence on youth development. 

It is meant “to get people to understand the importance of the assets and the role of each person in the community to support our young people,” Ms Wilks said. 

The Development Consortium is already preparing for Support Our Youth Month, she said. 

“For a few months leading up to that, we’re recruiting other persons to become members of the consortium so that people get more idea of what the assets are and their specific role as it relates to asset-building.”  

Last year the Development Consortium hosted Celebrate our Youth Day on 28 January as part of Support Our Youth Month. The event showcased local programmes for young people and included music, dance and speech performances. 


A crowd of Cayman’s young people flank Premier Alden McLaughlin, centre, after he signed a proclamation supporting youths. – PHOTO: SUBMITTED