Superheroes are real and they live among us.
The Department of Children and Family Services, in partnership with Camana Bay, will host an event to celebrate these real life superheroes on May 25 in Gardenia Court.
The “Real Life Superheroes” evening is just one of many child-focused events planned by the Department of Children and Family Services throughout the month of May in recognition of Child Month, during which the Department highlights and promotes the needs, development and issues facing all children and families living in the Cayman Islands.
Other Child Month events scheduled throughout all three Cayman Islands include a youth conference, trivia game nights, church services, family fun days and more.
Social work supervisor Tiffany Myles says the purpose of the Real Life Superhero event is to inspire and educate the children and youth of the Cayman Islands to think about who they want to be when they reach adulthood, with the aim to pursue productive careers that will enable them to contribute positively to society.
“The idea of the event is to have persons from a variety of working backgrounds, such as teacher, police officer, fireman, etc., to be disguised as various superheroes while holding short presentations about how they see themselves as day-to-day superheroes serving the community,” Myles says. “We’re trying to inspire as many as possible to become the best version of themselves regardless of which career pathway they choose to follow.”
The event is open to the general public and free to attend. It is aimed at children and young people ages four to 18. All attendees are encouraged to summon their inner superpowers and get creative by dressing up as their favourite superhero or character. There will be pizza, chips, refreshments and prizes at the event, as well as a screening of “The Lego Movie” (2014). The event will take place on the lawn at Gardenia Court from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or pillow for seating on the lawn.
“We want this to be a fun-filled, interactive event that the whole family can enjoy,” Myles says. Collectively, the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub social workers (otherwise known as MASH social workers) at the Department feel there is a need to validate the worth of Caymanian children and their importance in achieving future social and economic development goals, especially in today’s fast-paced society.
“We feel these times are particularly critical for Caymanian children in relation to their future career goals because we cannot anticipate the challenges today’s children will confront as grown-ups; technology, the planet, and society are changing quicker than ever before,” Myles says. “This event is aimed to provide young Caymanian children with real, live, examples of persons whose footsteps they can follow, to not only become upstanding citizens, but to also give back to the community that has raised them.”
The Department of Children and Family Services protects and promotes the rights and welfare of children and families through preventative interventions, education, advocacy and community-based programmes that serve to strengthen family bonds and build stronger communities.
The Department employs 30 social workers across four district offices and provides numerous services to the pubic, including child protection, foster care, residential care, public education, adoption and custody, and juvenile and youth services, to name a few.
It also works in partnership with numerous agencies that are involved in assisting children and families to achieve their potential, as well as those helping to deliver public education services, including private, public or non-profit organisations.