My journey with AAO

My journey with AAO several years ago began in high school (Donald Quarrie High), when I was recruited as a peer education. Angela Pryce (Plunkett) was at the helm of the Programme at the time and introduced myself and many of my peers to the first residential training at Kendall camp, this was in the mid 1990s. The camp brought together youth from various schools and walks of life under one roof learn have fun and most importantly embrace a lifestyle no alcohol or drug use. At the camp great friendships were created some of which have endured to this date. But there was more to come, I was among three young persons who were selected to participate in the Youth2Youth International Conference in Rhode Island. Not only was it my first overseas trip, it was a wonderful opportunity to meet youth from across the Caribbean and the US, who were embracing a drug free lifestyle.

Over the last six years I have worked in the Cayman Islands where I managed a Programme called Passport2Success. My role was to help prepare youth between 17 and 21 years old and single moms for the job market. Youth development and leadership has been at the heart of what I do, as a result I have been volunteering at my alma mater, Donald Quarrie High where I assist the school counselor with some guidance sessions.

Additionally, it is hoped that I will be able to deliver a full school intervention Programme in that school. I have also continued to improve my knowledge and understanding of youth through my current training as a Masters in Social Work student. Apart from that I have a keen interest in the prevention of child sexual abuse and have been a trainer of trainers for Stewards of Children Child Sexual Abuse Programme. Generally I conduct training in youth leadership and a variety of other areas utilizing my expertise as a behaviour change specialist and life coach.

 

Hylton Grace