Youth Services Unit hosts activities for Brac youth

A cry for more wholesome activities for young people on Cayman Brac has pushed the Youth Services Unit into hosting at least one youth event on the Sister Island each year. 

To make good on their commitment, last weekend the Youth Services Unit headed to Cayman Brac to host a slew of free activities, including a free photography workshop organized by the New Self Help Community Foundation and facilitated by Police Inspector Gerald Joseph, the annual Marcus McLean Memorial 5-a-side football tournament, a celebrity go-kart rally and a Commonwealth Day gospel concert at Layman E. Scott High School. 

More than 75 young people turned out for the go-kart event, and more than 100 attended the gospel concert. 

“The Youth Services Unit is making big efforts to reach all youths in the Cayman Islands. For many years, the Youth Services Unit has heard the complaint of Brac youth that there is very little wholesome activity for them in the Brac. Therefore, we plan to hold at least one youth event each year,” said James Myles of the Youth Services Unit. 

Sharing his expertise with the young people, Inspector Joseph said the photography workshop, which covered such topics as choosing the right equipment, basic camera modes and their applications, lighting and composition, was well received by attendees.  

“I am always happy to share my expertise in photography or any subject matter with the next generation. I believe that it is our moral responsibility to do so for their good and for the betterment of our society,” he said. 

JC Connor, CEO of the New Self Help Foundation, said, “The photography workshop creates that awareness in the community to try to get the youths involved in photography because it can also help them to get a job later on in life,” 

At the go-kart rally, Courtney Myles of the Department of Vehicle and Driver’s Licensing demonstrated car safety sessions and a “learn to drive” session for young drivers. The go-kart rally also featured three celebrities – Stephan Cotterell of The iZ, Adrianna Christian, Miss Cayman Islands first runner-up, and Abbey Moorhead, lead actress of the locally made film “The Devil You Know” by Badir Awe and Trevor Murphy. 

Mr. Myles said the benefits young people gain from this activity were entertainment, car safety information and a chance to set the speed record for the track in a time-attack session. Young people donated money for rides which went toward activities at the Brac schools.  

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A go-kart racer gets the checkered flag at the Celebrity Go-Kart Rally, which was a part of the Youth Services Unit activities on Cayman Brac.
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