This week was a busy one, as Determined to Develop hosted its annual Youth Leadership Workshop. This gathering provides an opportunity for D2D’s sponsored youth to come together to strengthen their leadership skills, learning from the D2D staff and one another. The D2D staff worked hard in the weeks prior to create a workshop balanced with education and fun.
An array of topics were covered in the two days, including goal-setting, sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS prevention, conflict management, gender equality, and community development participation. These presentations allowed for learning opportunities not only by listening but also through active participation. D2D was lucky to host several community leaders, including local business-owner Angellah Lopez, police chief Mrs. Kachulu, and Group Village Headman Mtowerayifwa, each of which spoke on their professional development and leadership experience.
The workshop’s recreational activities allowed the participants not only to burn off steam, but also to practice hands-on leadership. They showed their strength in tug-of-war, egg races, volleyball, and football on the beach. On their final night, the youth took center stage with dancing, singing, poetry-reading, drama, and speeches during the talent showcase.
Before their departure, the participants gathered for an awards ceremony, where the highest-performing and most-improved students were recognized for their achievements. Among them was Clement Msowoya, a residential boy who ascended from position 48 to eight at Kwawa Secondary last term. Upon the workshop’s close, the students left feeling reenergized and ready to put their leadership skills into action in the new school term.