Young Caymanian Leaders Foundation Unveils Date and Theme for YCLA 2014 Event

George Town, 29 July 2014 – The Young Caymanian Leaders Foundation today announces that this year's YCLA event is scheduled for the evening of Saturday, November 1.

This will be the 14th annual celebration of the Young Caymanian Leadership Awards (YCLA), which recognise outstanding young leaders in the Cayman Islands who are positive role models for the younger generation.

Shomari Scott - YCLA Cayman The theme for this year's event was selected by a core committee of YCLA alumni who have enthusiastically come forward to assist with the current and future development of the YCLA and the Foundation. The theme is "Fan Into Flame: A New Generation of Leaders."

Roy McTaggart, Chairman of the YCLA Honorary Board, says, "We believe there is a spark of greatness, a hope and a passion, in each and every young person. That spark needs to be kindled, till it becomes a flame, and a positive way forward needs to be shown to the youth.

"Since the launch of the Young Caymanian Speakers Bureau last year, the voices of the YCLA's young leaders have been amplified and their inspiring messages of encouragement have reached deeper into the community. Small sparks have been ignited all over the Islands, with young people feeling energised to hear directly from these role models that there is a better way, and that, by making the right choices in life, and never giving up, they can achieve their dreams. This year, we'd like to take those sparks of passion and positivity and fan them into flames of action and commitment."

Foundation Director Jackie Hansen adds, "To this end, we will be launching a number of new initiatives that involve and engage our young people while creating a community that will nurture them and remind them that they are not alone."

The YCLF will be announcing more details in upcoming communications. Finalists for the YCLA 2014 event will be revealed in August.

Community Support for the YCLF is stronger than ever. Jackie Hansen says, "We are extremely grateful to this year's major sponsors IAMCO, PricewaterhouseCoopers, WestStar and the Dart Foundation; and to our loyal returning sponsors Progressive Distributors; Baraud International; KPMG; Celebrations and The Ritz Carlton. We are very excited also to announce new sponsors who have joined us for the first time, including Appleby (Cayman) Ltd.; Greenlight RE; Deloitte&Touche and The WaterColours Limited. Their support enables us to touch the lives of an ever-growing number of Cayman's young people. Without our sponsors. we could not do what we do."