Building Leaders for a Better Future
Two of our pequeños return from the Third Annual International Youth Leadership Workshop ready to make a change!
March 18, 2012 - Dominican Republic
Ricardo and Carmen, two of our older pequeños who run our on-site leadership group, had the opportunity to travel to Guatemala to attend the Third Annual International Youth Leadership Workshop. They returned from the workshop feeling energized and motivated to make changes within the leadership group at our home, which includes 10 older children, as well as the home as a whole.
As the conference was attended by leaders from all nine of our NPH homes, Ricardo stated that he really enjoyed meeting other leaders from the larger NPH family. He says that he not only learned a lot from the workshop, but also made some very good friends. There were many lessons he took away from the workshop, but there were two lessons that impacted him most. He said, “I learned that leaders make errors and aren’t perfect, and they gave me some good suggestions for my job.”
Our leadership group
Carmen also took a lot away from the meeting and particularly enjoyed the mix of people who attended the workshop. She said, “Because so many people from so many cultures came together, we learned to better collaborate with people and also gathered different ideas to better all of our leadership groups.”
Since returning to the Dominican Republic, a spark has been ignited, and our leaders have planned many activities for all of our children, caregivers, staff and volunteers to partake in. They have made it a goal to make our family stronger as a whole.
The leaders have also started giving different talks to our children at a level appropriate for the ages of the different children’s houses. For example, last week, Carmen and Ricardo visited all of the houses to discuss respect. The children were eager to listen to what the pair had to say and responded well to them. The leaders hope to make these talks routine and to cover a variety of different subjects in order to better educate the children in our home.
A challenge the duo, as well as the entire leadership team, constantly faces is the inevitable difficulty of working with a group. However, they continue to learn and grow from these experiences, as they know that developing good teamwork skills is an essential aspect of being a successful adult.
In regard to the importance of their group, Ricardo believes, “It is important to have a leadership group so that other children learn from us and see us as good examples.”
When asked, Carmen thinks, “It is important to have a leadership group because members can show responsibility and maturity through their tasks, trades, and jobs within the group. It is also important for children to have someone as a good example.”
Our leadership group has many plans and goals for the year including adding more members to the group. Each member on the team is a leader in his or her own unique way, which is why, together, they can achieve their goals.
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