SCELL supports community author


PHILIPSBURG – The University of St. Martin’s (USM) School of Continued Education and Life Long Learning (SCELL) proudly supported Ralph Cantave to help him attend the Preparing Global Leaders Summit in Russia this coming August.

Cantave is a young writer, who was born and raised in St. Maarten. He is known for his representation and advocacy of youth on the island.

SCELL Director Dr. Natasha Gittens stated: “SCELL is proud to partner with Cantave and Youth Professional Network (YPN), in hosting a Males Empowerment session at the University of St. Martin in mid-October to help with the enrollment of males at the institution.”

“Just a few weeks ago SCELL organized a corporate challenge to local business to raise scholarship funds for Women’s Island Network and Youth Professional Network, both organizations that SCELL founded to support the St. Martin community with scholarship assistance for women and men, ages 18 and up, to pursue degrees at USM/UVI to earn an Associates, Bachelors or Master’s degree,” she continued.

“The challenge was successful based on contributions from WIB, TelEm Group, Discount Furniture and the Port of St. Maarten with their generous support, SCELL will be awarding 9 scholarships to men and women to attend USM/UVI in addition to the Cantave Global Leaders’ Summit abroad scholarship,” Gittens explained.

The session will focus on the importance of manhood, responsibility and commitment to self, country and education. The goal is to have more young men on the island be more productive and play an active role in the development of St. Maarten.

Cantave plans to use his experience from the Global Summit to educate the male attendees on how to be progressive and be a direct asset to the island, supporting the image of the university, SCELL and its programs.

Cantave and SCELL aim to bring in more males to USM, to be able to achieve their full potential with a sound education. Complimentary copies of Cantave’s recent book Words of Change will be handed out.

For information contact SCELL at: 543-3710 or visit the SCELL website: