Five young people from across the Commonwealth have been shortlisted for the 2013 Commonwealth Youth Worker Award – and the Cayman Islands is in the top five.
Carolina Muniz Ferreira, deputy director and HIV/AIDS program manager at the Cayman Islands Red Cross, has been selected as one of the regional finalists.
The winner of the Caribbean region award will travel to London for the awards ceremony on Oct. 30. There, the Commonwealth Youth Worker 2013 will be selected from regional winners from Asia, Africa, the Pacific and the Caribbean. “Carolina has been with the organization for 10 years, and to have her work recognized is tremendous,” said Jondo Obi, branch director of the Cayman Islands Red Cross.
She recalls Ms Ferreira volunteering with the Cayman Islands Red Cross in 1997 and assisting the organization whenever she was home on school breaks.
In 2002, she said, Ms Ferreira began working with the program’s co-coordinator to implement an HIV and AIDS peer education program at the high school, and in 2003 she was hired as program manager.
During the summer of 2006, Ms Ferreira completed a monthlong workshop at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, in leadership in strategic health communication.
“Ms Ferreira has also become a known advocate for youth and youth related issues. Eloquent and unafraid of tackling taboo subjects, she continues to challenge norms and push boundaries that perpetuate the individual’s and community’s vulnerabilities,” Ms Obi said.
The other regional finalists are from Guyana, Jamaica, St. Vincent and Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago.