Meetings and conference highlight youth support month

Police commissioner Derek Byrne, inspector Courtney Myles and inspector Winsome Prendergast preside over a meeting in September. - Photo: sPENCER fORDIN

A series of meetings focused on combating crime with assets is scheduled in various locations over the next several days.

Support our Youth Month, along with the Royal Cayman Islands Police Force, is sponsoring the community meetings, the first of which will be held from 7-9 p.m. Monday night, Jan. 7, at the Seafarers Hall in Prospect/Red Bay.

Other meetings are as follows:

  • Tuesday: John A. Cumber Primary School
  • Wednesday: George Town Town Hall
  • Thursday: South Sound Civic Centre
  • Friday: Bodden Town Civic Centre
  • Jan. 14: North Side Civic Centre
  • Jan. 15: Gun Bay Civic Centre
  • All meetings are from 7-9 p.m.

The meetings are being held in advance of a Jan. 18 Planning for Youth Success conference, which will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the University College for the Cayman Islands. The conference will feature Deputy Governor Franz Manderson as guest speaker and keynote speaker Coleridge Minto, Jamaica’s assistant superintendent of police.

A panel discussion with government officials, breakout sessions and group work on asset building will be part of the conference.

According to Supporting Cayman Youth’s website, asset building involves “investing wisely in our youth, increasing their exposure to positive, constructive activities, and instilling values and skills that will guide them from the inside. Building the assets of young people help them to succeed and decreases their susceptibility to risks such as drugs, violence, delinquency, etc.”

The organization will also hold Celebrate our Youth Day 2019 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 19 at UCCI. The event will feature performances by youth groups, as well as activities including games and arts and crafts.

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