Students develop leadership skills

Cayman students are developing leadership and team building skills from extracurricular activities offered by the Kiwanis Club of Grand Cayman.

During the weekend of Sept. 25-27 at the St. Ignatius campus, 67 students, including six from Cayman Brac participated in the Kiwanis Key Leader retreat.

Kim White from Atlanta, representing Kiwanis International, was the lead facilitator, assisted by local Kiwanian Kadi Merren-Pentney and eight past leaders serving as student facilitators.

“This was my fifth year coordinating Key Leader and each year I learn something new about leadership, whether it’s from the facilitator or from the students,” said Ms. White.

She was pleased that Kiwanis and local sponsors saw the value in supporting an event that can positively impact students and help chang lives for the better.

“I look forward to many Key Leader weekends to come,” she said.

Students were taught the five principles of service leadership: personal integrity; personal growth; respect for yourself and others; building community; and the pursuit of excellence.

The event was offered to students for a fee of $25 with the balance coming from the Cayman business community. Island Heritage donated $10,000. St. Ignatius, Casanova Restaurant, Marriott Beach Resort, The Security Centre and Reliable Industries also came on board as sponsors.