Nominations for the annual “Proud of Them” initiative, which honors the achievements of individual young people in the Cayman Islands, are now open.
The public is invited to submit nominations from June 1 to June 20.
Young people between the ages of 10 and 25, “who are reaching new heights of achievement in academics, sports, their career, culture, business or community service” can be nominated, according to organizers.
“This is a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements and drive of our brightest and most accomplished youth,” said Minister of Youth Juliana O’Connor-Connolly in a press release. “We need the community’s input to ensure that we honor those who are worthy of praise and are role models for their peers.”
Since it started in 2012 to highlight exceptional young people, 96 young men and women have been recognized.
The Ministry of Youth is again partnering with the National Youth Commission to continue the program.
“Society must commemorate the accomplishments of youth,” said the head of the commission Reverend Donovan Myers. “As a community, we need to be strong advocates for our young people. Many of them are distinguishing themselves in their chosen fields and our recognition of their efforts can help inspire them and their peers to greater heights.”
The 12 successful awardees will be announced at a reception on Wednesday, July 11.
Each recipient will receive a financial award and their photograph will be featured for six months on billboards across the Cayman Islands.