Cayman’s top Junior Achievers have returned from a week-long Next Generation Leadership forum in Canada at Trent University.
Now in its 44th year, the forum focused on “Innovation, Insight and Inspiration” through a series of workshops and team-building exercises hosted by university professors and guest speakers.
This year, eight of 32 students were selected through a series of interviews and oral presentations based on local economic topics. Top students were selected by a panel of judges from Cayman’s business community.
Forum delegates were Katlin Lee Pack, Nathanya Tibbetts, Bianca Tibbetts, Marika Scotland, Scott Burley, Finley McDougall, Hasani Stewart and Jordan Grant.
The group worked with Bobby Umar, a four-time TED speaker, comedian, author and Huffington Post contributor, who offered tips and skills related to personal branding, networking and social media.
Junior Achiever Bianca Tibbetts said she was honored to have been chosen to attend the forum, which was an opportunity to foster personal growth.
“The NGL Forum gives you the tools to become a forward thinker; you meet so many different people from different cultures and it helps you develop a mind set about your future,” she said. “You come back with so many quotes and memories that will surely stay with you for life.”
Junior Achievement students have been attending the forum for 22 years, with the annual event designed to help students build their leadership, creativity, teamwork and business skills.
JA program director Teresa Foster said students had evolved during this year’s forum. “They come out of this experience significantly changed in their views of the world and how they will focus on their futures,” she said. “It truly is a very rewarding experience for both the attendees and chaperones.”
Junior Achievement president Paul Byles said once again students demonstrated they are excellent youth ambassadors for the Cayman Islands.
“It is always rewarding to our sponsors and volunteers to see how they have grown from not only the JA program throughout the year, but also from the international exposure and experience of attendance at the NGL forum in Canada,” Mr. Byles said.
Registrations for next year’s program closes Sept. 26. For information or to volunteer, visit www.jacayman.ky or phone 949-4306.