Young Caymanian Samuel Reid is spending his time giving back to his community by working with the YMCA Cayman Islands as he prepares to pursue civil engineering studies in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Reid, 21, works at the Y as a youth development leader. Through his role, he helps to “impart positive character values to the hundreds of kids he has an opportunity to influence,” according to a YMCA press release.

Known at the Y as “Bugs” (for Bugs Bunny, because of his love for the cartoon character and carrots), Mr. Reid began his journey at the Y in 2016 with what was only going to be a summer job. However, it turned into a part-time career.

The opportunity to work at the Y came to Mr. Reid when he was still in high school.

“Staff from the YMCA came to school one day looking for people to sign up to be a camp leader at the Y, and I thought this would be a great opportunity to work with kids as well as develop my own character,” he said.

He added that in his position as youth development leader at the extended after-school program and the Y day camps, he helps to “guide the younger generation of the Cayman Islands in the right direction using the Y’s proven way of activities and fun lessons which all teach the Y core values.”

He said the thing he enjoys most about working at the YMCA is interacting with the kids.

“Each child is different but I learn so much about all of them by interacting with them every day – what they enjoy doing, their talents, what they want to be when they grow up – and knowing this information helps me to steer each of them toward the person they want to be,” he said.

According to YMCA Cayman Islands, the organization is actively seeking people like Mr. Reid who want to serve their community. For more information, visit the careers page at or email [email protected]