Celebrate our Youth Day, held at the George Town Annex Playing Field on Saturday, Jan. 30, was an opportunity for Cayman’s young people to get to know the business community and other organizations.
Despite heavy showers throughout the day, a number of young people and their parents took the opportunity to brave the weather and enjoy the various activities at the event, as well as taking in the primary school football final playoffs.
“We had to shut down a bit earlier than planned but we went ahead with the day,” said Sylvia Wilks, founder of Cayman Islands Youth Development Consortium and the organizers of the day’s event, adding that some businesses understandably did not participate because of the weather.
Opening the event, Youth Minister Osbourne Bodden noted the importance of parents, organizers of various activities and the business community in the development of Cayman’s youth, commending Neil Murray and Ms. Wilks for their hard work.
January is Support our Youth Month which assists in helping our youths pursue their destinies through the Cayman Islands Youth Development Consortium.
Ms. Wilks said she believes strongly that, “It takes a village to raise child,” and that hosting such mini-expos for youth will bring attention to the partnerships and opportunities that have contributed to the success of Cayman’s young people.
The day promoted positive youth development and as such, several youth-oriented organizations and businesses were on hand to provide awareness and information on programs they have to offer.
The event activities included a collaboration with the Caribbean Utilities Company Primary Football League final playoffs event, demonstrations, youth performances, arts and crafts, games and activities. Food was also be available for purchase throughout the day.