(CMR) Cayman’s first Inter-generational Hub, a space where the older generation can transfer knowledge to the youth, was opened on Friday, 20 October, at 131 MacLendon Drive, George Town.
The Ministry of Youth, Sports, Culture & Heritage, under the leadership of Minister Hon. Bernie Bush, welcomed the public to the grand opening.
This visionary project aims to create a vibrant and dynamic space where the wisdom and knowledge of the older generation can seamlessly transfer to our youth, thus bridging generational gaps and fostering a stronger, more cohesive community.
The Intergenerational Hub is poised to offer an array of exciting initiatives, including classes featuring cultural activities that will encourage interaction and understanding between different generations. It will also serve as a community gathering space where individuals can come together to share stories, build relationships, and host workshops and seminars that will help expand their skills and knowledge.
Additionally, it is home to the Youth Services Unit (YSU), which is a vital component of the Ministry.
Mellony Bryan-Waugh, Head of the YSU, expressed that “The YSU eagerly anticipates operating our youth programs within the Intergenerational Hub; this includes the Cayman Islands Youth Assembly (CIYA) and the active participation of CARICOM Youth Ambassadors (CYAs). We are excited to engage the National Youth Commission, along with various youth stakeholders and organizations, as we bring our vision to life with a robust schedule of youth-focused programs and activities.”
“The original idea was for the hub to be an older person’s center. However, the idea evolved into the Intergenerational Hub, a place where we could embrace our past and shape our future by encouraging dialogue and connection between our youth and the older generation,” the Ministry’s Chief Officer, Teresa Echenique, shared.
“Additionally, many programs for the aging population will be offered and we look forward to partnering with the Older Persons Council. The Ministry thanks all the key stakeholders who were involved in seeing this project come to fruition. There is no doubt that the Intergenerational Hub will exceed our expectations in fostering a close-knit community, sharing knowledge, and establishing cultural identity and national pride,” she added.
The Ministry has extended an open invitation to the community to explore and make use of the Intergenerational Hub as it sets out on this exciting path towards a more interconnected and enriched community.
“The Intergenerational Hub is not just a physical space; it is a symbol of our dedication to preserving and passing on our cultural heritage and ensuring that every generation remains active, engaged, and inspired,” it said.