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Chamber’s Mentoring Cayman 2022 commences with opening reception

On Monday. 22 November, the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce celebrated the launch of the 2022 cohort of Mentoring Cayman with an opening reception.

The six-month youth development programme, whose Patron is His Excellency the Governor Mr. Martyn Roper, is a partnership with the Ministry of Youth Sports, Culture & Heritage and pairs top achieving students with mentors from Chamber member businesses.

More than 1,000 students from Clifton Hunter High School, John Gray High School, Cayman International School, Cayman Prep & High School, Homeschool Cayman, St Ignatius Catholic School, Triple C School and Wesleyan Christian Academy have benefitted from Mentoring Cayman since its inception in 2002.

This year, 64 high-achieving students, nominated by their Principals, have been paired with business leaders and professionals as their mentors based on similar career interests.

Students, parents, mentors, and sponsors attended the reception where each mentor was able to meet their student and their parents in an informal atmosphere.

Mr. Isaac Rankine, Acting Minister for Youth, Sports, Culture & Heritage said, “In founding the Mentoring Cayman initiative back in 2003, the Chamber of Commerce has helped many of our young persons to realise their career goals and mature into model citizens.”

He said, “Mentors, I applaud you for being selfless and volunteering of your time and your expertise to such a worthy cause.”

Shomari Scott, Chamber President-Elect and Chairman of the Education Council said, “I encourage mentors and students to be kind, patient and respectful as you get to know one another and I urge parents and guardians to remain involved in the mentoring process.”

Central to the programme are the monthly workplace visits when students shadow their mentors. The initiative also includes a career expo, guest speaker luncheon, and two social activities.

Students learn invaluable skills needed when entering the working world while also forming lasting relationships with the leaders of Cayman’s business community.

The goal is to help students gain insights into their chosen career field; provide them with career inspiration and help them form positive work ethics in order to maximise their potential to become the next generation of successful business and community leaders.

The Chamber thanks Minister Hon. Bernie Bush, Acting Minister Mr. Issac Rankine and the Ministry Staff, for their continued support of Mentoring Cayman.

Mentoring Cayman is sponsored by Consolidated Water Company Ltd., Cox Lumber, Knighthead Annuity & Life Assurance, Maples Group, and Rocky’s Diamond Gallery.