• 2014 Award: nominations now open!

  • Shomari
    The 2013 Recipient

  • The YCLA
    2013 Finalists

  • Introducing

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YCLF 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.

Shomari Scott - YCLA Cayman 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.

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.

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2014 YCLA - Nominations now open

Do you know an outstanding young role model? Someone who inspires others and leads by example? Help us to honour emerging young leaders by taking a few moments to nominate someone who is making a difference in your community. Download our nominations form and return it to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us for more information on 516-1111.

Who is eligible?

  • Caymanians between the ages of 20 and 35 years of age
  • Persons who possess above average attributes and skills in areas such as character, personal values, attitude, leadership and a desire to influence others positively.
  • Persons considered to be high achievers in their chosen profession, education or organisational involvements.
  • Candidates who have been nominated previously are still eligible with the exception of those who have held the title "Young Caymanian Leader".
  • Any person can nominate a candidate including a family member, friend, supervisor etc.

Can you help us please? Really looking forward to hearing from you

To apply please download the PDF application form.

A Message from Roy McTaggart, YCLA Chairman

Roy McTaggartWhen I was approached last year by the Foundation to enquire about my willingnes to take over the helm of the YCLA Board, I felt honoured and excited, but I also knew that I would have big shoes to fill. With the departure of David Foster, the YCLA Board's beloved past Chairman, whose memory is still very much with us today, the challenge was on to take the organisation to new heights. Believing strongly in the mission and purpose of the programme, I enthusiatically accepted the task.

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A Message from Jackie Hansen, YCLF Director

Rekindling Cayman’s Cultural Capital

Jackie Hansen - YCLA CaymanLast year, when we first shared our vision of a new way to amplify the voices of the YCLA Alumni, it was met with great enthusiasm by a wide cross-section of the community. With that encouragement, we unveiled the initiative at the 2012 YCLA Awards celebration, and then got to work. Today, thanks to the support of our sponsors and the community, and most importantly, to the YCLA Alumni who embraced the idea, The Young Caymanian Speakers Bureau is born.

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Shomari Scott, 2013 YCLA Recipient, Acceptance Speech

What do you say when bestowed with such an honor? Many special people touch and assist in the development of who you are and I am grateful to have the most influential of those persons with me tonight. My mother, my father, my grandmother, my grandfather, and more recently my beautiful wife, thank you. Thank you for all the sacrifices you have selflessly made in order to give access to the tools for success.

imageThis is not a competition but a celebration, I send out my congratulations to my fellow nominees and all of the unsung leaders of our community. I salute the YCLA for the upholding our young adults and for the projecting of positive rays of light which inspire the lifeblood of the future, our children. It would be remiss of me if I didn't use this opportunity to challenge the influencers in this room as there will probably be no greater opportunity afforded to me.

We are at a cross roads, the islands that time forgot, followed the “Build it and they shall come” development playbook in the expectation that with one swooping stroke this strategy would right all the wrongs,…. and prosperity would be abundant for all, whilst functioning like a classical symphony. With cost of living, unemployment, serious crime, and illiteracy rates at all-time highs we are not akin to the financial centre ranking that we are quick to boast but more so to a destitute nation in the doldrums.

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Garth Arch 2012 YCLA Recipient, Farewell Address

Good evening.

imageThe YCLA journey has been an inspiring one, and this past year has certainly been busy yet rewarding. I remember at one point being asked to speak as the YCLA recipient at the YCEA luncheon, while being invited to serve on the YMCA Board and participating in the YCSB launch. It has been difficult to keep all the Y's in line.

It has been a privilege to serve as the 2012 YCLA recipient. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Foundation once again for this honour. During this year I transitioned jobs and I would like to express my gratitude to both National Concrete and Arch and Godfrey for the flexibility they have extended to me to fulfill the obligations that come with being the YCLA recipient and in particular, I want to thank my dad for his support. And most importantly I want to thank my sweet wife, Dana, for always being my main supporter.

As you know, tonight's theme is Be the Difference NOW. Some of you may be thinking, ‘when I stand up to be the difference, it must be for a moment of great importance or for that defining moment in our islands' history.' But, the true difference is not only made in those rare moments, in fact, it is made in the acts of our daily lives. Each day, we have the opportunity to be the difference in our thoughts, in our actions and in our example. I love the words of Albert Schweitzer, who said that “Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it is the only thing.”

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Young Caymanian Speakers Bureau is launched!          

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Leigh Anne Tuohy ~ Author
"The Blind Side"

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Mike Huckabee - YCLA Guest Speaker