CYDEC Conference 2019

Boys to Men

Boys to men, not the popular 90’s R&B group, but a mentorship programme guiding John Gray high school students in a positive direction.

From 2010 to 2015, one thousand and thirty seven students have been excluded or suspended from John Gray High School, leaving them vulnerable to negative influences.

John Gray’s student counselor saw that boys in the school lacked positive male role models, so he wanted to change that.

“The transition between becoming a boy to a man is to understand the hightended level of responsibility that exsists in society and accountability, what is expected, the word man has been said to be the shortening of the word manager, to be able to manage their lives, to manage the decisions and the challenges and to realize that society now has expectations that they are going to have to be meeting up to be succesful in their lives,” said Christopher Murray, John Gray’s student counselor.

Mr. Murray used to work at Northward Prison but re-directed his attention to helping the youths in High School.

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Philipp Richter

Philipp Richter

Philipp Richter was born in Austria and moved to the Cayman Islands at the age of three. Throughout his life, he has always enjoyed documenting his surroundings with cameras. Studying television broadcasting and communications, he now can show the reality of life in Grand Cayman to the public.

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