The SOY Achievement Medallion Awards
The SOY Achievement Medallion Award Program was created by the SOY Foundation to acknowledge those students who ordinarily would not be singled out in a positive way, whose day-to-day acts of kindness or above-and-beyond efforts, go unnoticed. Students, for example, who have raised their grades from a D to a B, or second-string athletes who try their best, or those who improve their attitude towards academics, or display school or community spirit.
These awards are presented in the hope they will create meaningful moments of recognition, inspire others and reinforce positive behavior in our schools. The inaugural awards were presented in June 2012, recognizing students in government and private, primary and secondary schools throughout Grand Cayman. With the support of the schools and of our generous sponsors, Save Our Youth intends to expand this program each year until every school in the Cayman Islands is represented.
Throughout the school year, students from all schools will have the opportunity to tour HMP Northward, giving these young people a first-hand and face-to-face experience with prison. The aim of this program is to deter students from breaking the law.
Young people will learn the importance of contributing to their community and country by visiting the Pines Retirement Home on weekends and assisting the elderly, working with the Police, Fire Department, Hospitals and Youth Groups.
Designed for teenage girls to give them the opportunity to come together and openly talk about the various issues affecting them and how to find solutions to their problems.
Youth Employment Scheme (YES)
The Youth Employment Scheme will partner SOY with sponsor corporations to establish various small businesses that will provide gainful employment opportunities for scores of Cayman’s youth. Revenue generated from these businesses will be used to establish other small businesses that will provide more employment opportunities for our youth. YES will provide the opportunity to offer training and employment, encourage entrepreneurship, and develop a strong work ethic in our young people.
The long-term goals of this program would be to reduce youth unemployment, lower the crime rate and raise the standard of living among our youth, thus helping to establish a secure and stable economy.