GGYA News

GGYA’s GB Units Find Their Focus After Harrowing Dorian Experience

GGYA’s GB Units Find Their Focus After Harrowing Dorian Experience

When Category 5 Hurricane Dorian roared ashore at East End Grand Bahama sweeping 16 feet of water into eleventh grader Arlington Watson’s High Rock home, it was his Governor General’s Youth Award training which kept him from panicking while huddled barefoot and damp with his mom and stepdad in their ceiling. “Five to seven hours later when daylight came and the water in the house went down. I jumped out of the manhole and cut both my feet on pieces of glass. I used my GGYA first aid kit which I carried with me into the manhole to bandage up...

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Paving the Path to Youths’ Success

Paving the Path to Youths’ Success

Whether it’s a ninth grader in search of a club for teens with highly varied aspirations and capabilities or a high school senior looking to grow as an individual and as a leader, the Governor General’s Youth Award (GGYA) is helping young people start the school year off right, offering a programme with an exceptional track record of placing youths on a path to success. “I think every student and their family want to start the school year off on a positive note. One way to do that is to get our young people involved in extracurricular activities,” said Denise...

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GGYA Ceremony Recognizes 72 Young Persons

GGYA Ceremony Recognizes 72 Young Persons

When tenth grader Keshawn Gardiner strutted across the stage to celebrate achieving Bronze in the Governor General’s Youth Award (GGYA) it was a defining moment for the autistic teen who had never participated in a mainstream youth programme alongside his peers without disabilities. With adolescent programmes seldom addressing the issue of youths with disabilities, much less including them in activities, for Keshawn, GGYA opened up a world of opportunities allowing him to develop a candle-making skill, get fit with aerobics, as well as cultivate a sense of volunteering and adventure in the wider community. “I didn’t like the hiking or...

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GGYA’s Volunteers A Class Act – Three Recognized as Teacher of The Year for Their School s

A self-described “girly girl” who loves her make-up, nails, hair and lash extensions, English language and literature teacher Rochelle Anderson is an unlikely volunteer for a youth program known for its foot expeditions and camping outdoors. Remembering her childhood experience as an insecure and often misjudged orphan who was always the new student in school, the Grand Bahama educator has a burning need to bring about a positive change in others much like the mentorship her teachers provided. This she does through the Governor General’s Youth Award, a skills-building, internationally recognized program for young people that equips them for life...

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GGYA Updates Skills of Hiking Supervisors, Assessors

GGYA Updates Skills of Hiking Supervisors, Assessors

Their mission is to safeguard the integrity and reputation of the Governor General’s Youth Award (GGYA), protecting young persons on hiking expeditions where youths learn some of life’s biggest lessons in the least likely locations. Over the weekend, adventurous journey supervisors and assessors participated in a workshop designed to equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver the section of the four-part programme loved and dreaded in equal measure. “This is the part of the programme that attracts the young people. The aim is to encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery,” said Lawson Clarke, the former Royal...

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GGYA Announces Multitude of Milestones at AGM

A dozen new and relaunched units, 1,208 first-time participants and strong financial support from the public and private sectors over the last year were just a few of the highlights and focus of presentations at the Governor General’s Youth Award’s Annual General Meeting held at Government House over the weekend. “Many of our young people are falling through the cracks. That’s the bad news,” said Archdeacon James Palacious, chairman of the youth organization’s Management Council. “The good news is that there is GGYA and we are in the process of mending those cracks.” A non-formal, education framework which challenges young...

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