Future Leaders of Bermuda’s summer programme designed to develop young potential, has come in for a $25,000 award by the Bermuda Government.

Premier David Burt met with members of the group leading the three-week course to give students firsthand experience on issues ranging from poverty, violence, injustice, privilege, social justice and leadership skills at a news conference last week.

Reaffirming the Government’s commitment to provide Bermuda’s young people “with the tools and skills required to position Bermuda for continued success”, Mr Burt said he was excited to see another “successful programme” get underway.

“We must invest in our young people and the Government is determined to lead the effort,” said Premier Burt.

“The knowledge they will gain over the course of these three weeks will help create the foundations for higher learning, and the development of innovative, viable solutions for the future of Bermuda.

“The future is truly in the hands of our youth, and I cannot wait to see these future leaders apply what they have learned to better Bermudian society,” he added.

“We have many bright and talented young people in Bermuda, who are quick to take advantage of opportunities to better themselves. These are just a few.”

Participants include Nathan Furbert, Mya Furbert-Jacobs, Roneeyah Jones, Kanye’ Raynor-Simmons, Malay Robinson, Sekai Tatem, Taliah Trott, Madison Thompson, Cairo Simmons, Vashti Smith, Zy-Asia Forbes, Ezeqiel Jimenez, Ryan Fleming, Nije’ Hypolite, Vincent Darrell, Ywione Darrell, Austin Dowling, Chloe Morton, Jannis Roberts, Rio Russell, Shazaria Francis-Brown, Alaiyah Hayward, Ajani Richardson.

Future Leader Ywione Darrell, who is participating in this year’s programme, spoke on his decision to apply.

“Personally, I find myself most excited to learn about poverty and privilege so that I can get a broader understanding of how we as a country are affected by this issue and how we can sustainably fight against it,” he said.

“I am sure that my fellow students have different areas of interest in due to different opinions which I look forward to learning about soon.”

Ryan Robinson-Perinchief, Group Founder and Director also attended the news conference held at the Cabinet Building.

Congratulating the young participants “for making this commitment”, Mr Burt urged them to take full advantage of the activities designed to help them “gain a better understanding” of themselves to “think independently and grow” from  their experiences “both intellectually and personally”.

“You will discuss, debate, and get hands-on experience and exposure to real life challenges and issues.

“You will meet with public figures, community leaders and top executives to discuss relevant issues and gain a better understanding on a variety of topics.

“These are people who care about you, and care about our community and the issues affecting it,” he said.

“I encourage you to tap into the knowledge and wisdom that they will share with you. Indulge your curiosity — ask lots of questions. Take advantage of all of the resources and the coaching that you’ll receive.

“Overall, you will be in a better position to take charge of your future and the future of Bermuda.”

  • Future Leaders of Bermuda offers Bermuda’s youth the opportunity to develop the knowledge, experience and leadership skills required to make positive impacts in the community through study, service, mentorship and empowerment. The programme allows young persons to voice their ideas, opinions and concerns on critical topics concerning Bermudian society, and the global world, that they would not normally be able to participate in with ongoing support to help cultivate long lasting partnerships beyond the traditional educational setting. The skills honed and refined throughout the program empower students to fulfill their potential as leaders and change-makers in Bermuda and the world, truly embodying the title of future leader. For more information visit thttps://www.futureleaders.bm/.