Over 500 young men from throughout the length and breadth of Grand Bahama participated in the Reach Out Youth Organization’s (ROYO) 12th Annual Boys to Men Conference, which was held on Friday, February 8 at the New Life Worship Centre, off Coral Road.
According to the president of ROYO, Dudley Seide, the event was well attended. “I want to first of all to give God thanks because today was an awesome day.
“We would like to thank the Bahamas Customs, the Bahamas Immigration Department, the Freeport Container Port that were all highlighted during the conference, so the young boys could see career persons and see exactly what a successful man looks like. Everything went extremely well.”
Seide also thanked the Ministry of Education, in particular Yvonne Ward and Ivan Butler – District Superintendents of Education for East Grand Bahama and the Cays and West Grand Bahama, respectively – for partnering with ROYO and believing in the vision. “We thank all of the schools that attended, all of the sponsors that assisted in making the event a reality, such as Jarol Investments, Coca-Cola and so many others.”
He added that keynote speaker for this year’s conference Marcus Cooper, did an awesome job. “We also honoured ASP Robert Lloyd and Bishop Joseph Hall.
“The conference started on time and the kids had an amazing time. We would also like to thank all of the bus drivers who assisted with pick up and drop off of the students.”
This year’s annual event was held under the theme, ‘Soaring to your success.’ Prior to the event Seide noted why that particular theme was chosen this year. “The reason we chose, ‘Soaring to your success’ as our theme this year is because a lot of young men in the high schools and primary schools do not understand that they have to determine where their future lies.
“I made a lot of mistakes while I was in high school and this is one of the reasons why I host this conference, because I believe that a lot of young men in school think that what is popular is being a class clown, smoking, and skipping school.”
Seide added that he and ROYO remains committed to inspiring, motivating and encouraging young men throughout the country to put God first in all that they do, remain focused in their pursuits and live a life pleasing to God.