Saturday, January 15, 2011

75+ students arrive for Youth Lead the Change!

Friday marked the first day of our "Youth Lead the Change" Leadership Camp. While we expected expected 60 students to attend the camp, over 75 students showed up and we had to turn away 20 more at the door, as we could not accept more with the number of staff and materials available.

The focus of the day was on understanding oneself as a leader. We were immensely impressed by the students who came to the camp, as well as the trainers who stood up and led the campers through the curriculum. We look forward to the days ahead!

Below are a few photo highlights from the day:

When we walked out of Nazhoen Pelri (the venue for our program) the night before our first day with the participants, we were met by a huge poster advertising our program and welcoming participants to the four days of training.

Many of the participants enjoyed group discussions and opened up to share their life experiences in them. At the end of the day, most participants appreciated how their life experiences so far had influenced their views on and approches to leadership.

Our day usually has two tea breaks where participants can meet new friends. On our first day with them, we (trainers) took the breaks as an opportunity to meet as many of the participants as possible.

This is part of the group of participants who had gathered to offer their definitions of leadership. They shared profound reflections on feedback. One that appealed to many was, "Leadership is not about making followers; it is about making new leaders".

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