John Maxwell Team Global Youth Initiative Comes to St. Thomas, April 24-30

The John Maxwell Team Global Youth Initiative will touch the lives of some half-million young people with a series of events that will be held worldwide from Monday, April 24 through Sunday, April 30, in large cities and small villages.

The youth initiative is a movement comprising some 650 free community events in 50 countries, with topics ranging from leadership development, anti-bullying, self-esteem to failing forward towards success. The goal is to help young people to thrive.

In the Virgin Islands, Jacklyn Ruan and Donnalie Edwards-Cabey, both of St. Thomas, will host three free events:

Monday, April 24, at 9 a.m., at All Saints Cathedral School

Friday, April 28, at 8 p.m., at Mount Zion Church of God, Tutu

Sunday April 30, at 10:30 a.m., St. Andrew’s Episcopal Parish Hall, 1st Avenue, Sugar Estate  

All youth 8-18 years of age are welcomed to attend.

“Through The John Maxwell Team Global Youth Initiative, we have the chance to influence tomorrow’s leaders today,” said Jacklyn Ruan, certified John Maxwell Team member. “With John Maxwell, I’ve learned that leadership develops daily, not in a day. Our goal is to spark an intentional and lifelong leadership interest in today’s youth.”

Donnalie Edwards-Cabey, also a John Maxwell Team member, said, “This week will be transformational in the lives of many young people around the world; we are excited by this global opportunity to add value to the lives of local youth and help them craft and follow a positive path, as they learn to use failure as a spring board to personal success.”

Additional information about events on St. Thomas is available at

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