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Proud Awards Continue to Highlight Youth

The second round of the Proud of Them initiative shone a spotlight on the achievement of 12 new recipients yesterday (Thursday October 31, 2013).

The new awardees are:

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Cayman Islands Youth Assembly

Come with us as we visit the Youth Assembly to understand the valuable work that these high school students do to benefit young people, and by extension the entire Cayman Islands.

Tune in to meet these students who are helping direct government policy through their active involvement. Hear about the important topics that they tackle which impact their age group.

http://youtu.be/t33FuKTpqeI

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Life as a Cadet

Warrant Officer Class One (Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major) Shanice Kelly receives her Duke of Edinburgh award from His Excellency the Governor Duncan Taylor, CBE at an award ceremony earlier this month. She achieved the silver standard.

Topping her eight year career with the Cayman Island Cadet Corps (CICC) by attending the annual Caribbean Cadet Camp that was held for the first time in the Cayman Islands, senior cadet Shanice Kelly reflects on her time with the youth organisation, giving insight into what it has to offer young people.

She initially joined the Cadet Corps after being encouraged to do so by her parents, who wanted her to follow in the footsteps of her older brother, who was already a member of the Corps. However, Kelly soon came to enjoy being a part of the organisation on her own.

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NDC Preps for Annual Student Drug Use Survey

Over the past 12 years the National Drug Council (NDC) has conducted the Cayman Islands Student Drug Use Survey (CISDUS). Cycle six (6) of the survey is scheduled to take place in April 2012.

The survey aims to:

• Gain a better understanding of drug use among middle and high school students in the Cayman Islands;
• Provide a fundamental opportunity for schools, community, private and public entities to develop evidenced-based policies and programmes that are geared towards the needs of our youth;

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Be a Trendsetter

Students from John Gray High School give the thumbs up to the young leadership forum Choose to be a Positive Trendsetter.

Minister of Youth, the Hon. Mark Scotland delivered the following message at the Youth Services Unit and National Youth Commission's young leadership forum Choose to be a Positive Trendsetter:

“If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there.”

As you are about to embark on today’s workshop, I want you to seriously consider this simple yet powerful phrase, as coined by the Alice in Wonderland author, Lewis Caroll.

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National Youth Policy Launched

Boosting the Youth
The National Youth Policy (2011) will unlock youth's potential.

"Being young should be the best years of your life. It should be a time of exploration, discovery and personal growth. But, as the Cayman Islands experienced a terrible September in which we witnessed the death of five young people, we were all faced with the fact that somehow, many young people have a very different experience," said Minister of Youth the Hon. Mark Scotland at the launch of the National Youth Policy 2011.

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The Heart of the Community

The National Drug Council (NDC) recently carried out its second cycle of the Her Majesty’s Prison Survey (Northward, Fairbanks and Eagle House).

The purpose of the survey is to determine programme needs of the prison population as it relates to the delivery of education, treatment, and rehabilitation services for substance abuse.

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New Look for NDC

The new NDC logo.

The National Drug Council (NDC) is positioning itself to play a growing role in establishing drug prevention and rehabilitation policies for the Cayman Islands, starting with a brand new logo. “We are very excited about our new and fresh brand. It is representative of our efforts and mandate, while the contemporary color palette and design reflect the fact that we are continuously developing and growing,” Executive Director Joan West-Dacres stated. Mrs.

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Summer Camp Bonanza

The Department and Ministry of Sports and the Youth Services Unit are once again putting on a variety of summer camps. From the sizzling hot to the sporty.

“My ministry’s summer camp initiative remains one of our key programmes and every year we try to expand it. The benefits are numerous, especially providing students with constructive activities and giving parents the peace of mind of knowing that their children are both safe and active,” said Minister of Sports, the Hon. Mark Scotland, JP.

See attachments for schedules and application forms.

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Student Drug Survey Shows Latest Trends

Alcohol, tobacco, ganja, inhalants and unexpectedly, donkey weed (indigenous plant) are the substances most used by Cayman’s teenagers and adolescents. These are some of the findings of the Cayman Islands Students Drug Use Survey (CISDUS) 2010.

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