Young leadership nominations open

The 2015 YCLA finalists, from left, Stephen Watler, Taylor Burrowes-Nixon, Kellie McGee, Rebekah Jefferson and Robbie Cribb. Nominations for the 2016 awards are now open. – PHOTO: MAGGIE JACKSON

Nominations are officially open for the 16th annual Young Caymanian Leadership Awards.

The awards recognize leadership, moral character, achievement and community involvement for Caymanians between the ages of 20 and 35.

According to the YCLA organizers, “of primary importance is a strong commitment to mentoring young people.”

Last year, a record 39 people were nominated for the award.

Tara Godfrey with the YCLA said the nomination deadline will be in June, though the selection committee has not picked a final date yet. She said the award ceremony will be in November and a date will be announced in the coming weeks.

“In today’s world, more than ever, our young people need role models, people not much older than themselves, with whom they can identify, and by whom they can feel inspired,” said Jonathan Tibbetts, YCLA board member and chairman of the nominations committee.

“The YCLA shines a spotlight on these great role models, who give generously of their time to touch the lives of so many young people in need of answers and positive direction.

“We look forward to receiving the nominations for this year’s award, and we thank the community in advance for helping us to identify the candidates. Together we are building a stronger community,” Mr. Tibbetts said.

Kellie McGee won last year’s Young Caymanian Leadership Award, in November. She has spent her time addressing some 7,000 students in Cayman since November, according to the Young Caymanian Leadership Foundation.

More details on the awards and nomination forms are available online at or by sending an email to [email protected]