The twice-yearly “Proud of Them” award scheme is once again seeking to recognize excellence among young people in the Cayman Islands.

The public is invited to help spotlight youth achievement by nominating candidates in the twice-yearly platform.

The nomination period for Round 10 of “Proud of Them” runs until Friday, Dec. 7.

Young people between the ages of 10 and 25 who are excelling in academics, sports, career, culture, business or community service can be nominated.

The 12 successful awardees will be announced at a reception on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019.

Each recipient will receive a financial award and their photograph will be featured for six months on billboards across the Cayman Islands.

“This programme holds an unparalleled place as a means of recognizing and applauding outstanding youth in the Cayman Islands. Too often we only hear about youth in a negative light,” Youth Minister Juliana O’Connor-Connolly said in a press release.

“Proud of Them is a well-needed reminder that our community can take heart from the many hardworking and motivated youth that are outstanding role models for others,” she added.

“Our youth are our link to the future,” said the Rev. Donovan Myers in the release.

“Proud of Them recipients represent all the excellence we can be justifiably proud of now, as well as draw from in future years. Their example will inspire many of their peers to redouble their efforts in achieving both long- and short-term goals,” he said.

Proud of Them started recognizing exceptional young people in 2012. To date, 108 young men and women have been featured in the campaign.

The Ministry of Youth partners with the National Youth Commission to continue the program.