(CMR) Students at the John Gray High School were able to witness the 10th annual induction ceremony for the Boyz 2 Men program Wednesday morning during the school assembly.
A record number 77 high school boys participated in the symbolic tie inauguration ceremony. They were assisted with putting on their ties by various members of the community including George Town MLAs Kenneth Bryan, Barbara Conolly and David Wight. Doctor Tomlinson was also in attendance to show his support.
Boyz 2 Men was started in 2009 by school counselor Christopher C. Murray. At the time he saw the need to address the struggles of boys in Years 8-11 as they transition into becoming men. The mentorship program has grown immensely over the past ten years and is an ongoing partnership with others including the RCIPS and Simon Miller from the National Drug Council.
The program offers empowerment to these boys with the opportunity to attend courses and participate in community work to develop key life skills. They are able to participate in social etiquette training in a fine dining environment.
Mentors work closely with them to build relationships of trust and respect and allow them to understand the importance of commitment and service to family and community whilst holding themselves accountable. Last year'ss program concluded in February with 30 boys honoring their mothers at Fine Dining with Mom etiquette dinner at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.
Murray is hopeful that this year they can find sponsors that will allow the young men to take a trip to Cayman Brac.
Seaford Russell, a former Boyz 2 Men program graduate and local journalist shared some of his thoughts with us at the event today including why he continues to support the initiative all these years later.
If you would like to get involved please, email Christopher C. Murray at [email protected] or call him at (345) 329 0021 or (345) 916 5559. The program is always happy to have mentors as well as donors to assist.