Tuesday, September 1st, 2015. Chrisbert Garcia Reporting: This year’s GOJoven cohort underwent its second training late last month at the Trek Stop Jungle Lodge in Succotz Village, Cayo District, where they spent 8 days, from August 20 – 27, learning even more about youth leadership and Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH).
The first training was held at the end of June when 11 selected potential youth leaders met for the first time to begin the molding process.
Last week’s session picked up where the first training left off, with several presenters, including members of the GOJoven Alumni, the education sector and even the Police Department, passing through to facilitate discussions and impart knowledge on a wide array of topics, such as:
Leadership and Cultural Diversity, Leadership and Ethics, Program Planning, Developing Successful Proposal and Objective Writing, Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Gender and power, Strategies of Effective Training and Power Point Presentation, Effective Communication and Public Speaking, Monitoring and Evaluation, Laws related to SRH and Personal development.
The outdoor setting at the Jungle Lodge taught all participants, or “fellows” as they are called, to appreciate nature as they engaged in sessions beginning at 9:00 and ending at 6:00 p.m every day, before working through the night to finish presentations.
For this 2015 cohort of young leaders to receive their GOJoven certificates and officially become advocates of the alumni, they must complete the third and final week of training which is scheduled for October 20-27 at a still undisclosed location.
After successfully graduating from the program, all fellows will be expected to complete a project that will share the knowledge learnt with youth all across Belize, creating awareness, and positively changing the lives of as many youth as possible, through workshops and other innovative ideas.
Funding for these projects are gained through donors in the private sector or Non-Governmental Organizations who have an interest in SRH related advocacy and planning is already being done to carry out these projects when funds are eventually received.
Facilitators of the GOJoven program are: Mrs. Eva Burgos, Ms. Gloria Avila and Mr. Omar Rodriguez.
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