Proud of Them nomination period opens

Proud of Them award recipients will be featured on billboards, like this one on North Sound Road in George Town. – PHOTO: TANEOS RAMSAY

The nomination period for the Proud of Them youth recognition program is now open.

The public is encouraged to recognize excellence among young people by submitting nominations for the program.

Youth ages 10 to 25 who are high achievers in academics, sports, their careers, culture, business or community service can be nominated.

Twelve students will be chosen from the pool of nominees. Each Proud of Them award recipient will be featured for a six-month period on billboards across Grand Cayman.

“This is a great opportunity to celebrate our young ambassadors, and show them that hard work really does pay off,” Minister of Youth Osbourne Bodden said in a press release. “We need everyone’s help to ensure that we honour those who are worthy of praise.”

The Proud of Them initiative began in 2012 to highlight youth doing good works. Since then, more than 60 young men and women have been recognized.

The Ministry of Youth is once again partnering with the National Youth Commission to continue the program.

“We must be advocates for our young people,” said Reverend Donovan Myers, head of the National Youth Commission, in the press release. “Far too often we focus on the negative, but it is even more important to focus on the positive. Recognition is much more meaningful than we think.”

The nomination period runs from June 17 to July 8.

Forms can be found online at

For more information about the Proud of Them award, contact [email protected] or visit the Facebook page