West Bay celebrates youth

A day of free activities in West Bay on Saturday is aimed at promoting opportunities for young people in the district.

The event, at the John A. Cumber Primary School playing field from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., is part of the Cayman Islands Youth Development Consortium’s Celebration of Youth Month.

“Despite the recent challenges faced by the West Bay community, the event will bring attention to the partnerships and opportunities that have contributed to the success of young people in the West Bay district and launch an asset mentor initiative, as well as highlight what organizations and people in general can do to see our young people succeed,” said Sylvia Wilks, head of the youth development consortium.

During the day, community members will be asked to pledge to become mentors, and young people will be encouraged to get involved in the programs represented at the event, said Ms. Wilks.

Among the organizations represented will be the National Drug Council, Youth to Youth, Family Resource Center, Junior Achievement, Sir John A. Cumber Primary School, National Gallery, Red Cross, Cayman Islands Scouts, Girl Guides, Cayman Islands Crisis Centre, and Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

Young people and parents will also have the opportunity to pre-register for the consortium’s Fearless Xtreme Leadership and Prevention camp, which “addresses issues in youth such as behavioral, teenage pregnancy, drugs, delinquency and dropping out of school, as well as encourages positive leadership skills and other assets,” Ms. Wilks said.

The event will also include sports demonstrations, youth performances, arts and crafts, games, a fashion show and a bouncing castle.

Cabinet Minister Tara Rivers will deliver opening remarks, and the Cayman Youth Choir will perform the National Anthem.

The Cayman Islands Youth Development Consortium is a non-government, nonprofit organization, founded to implement asset-building programs for Cayman’s youth.

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