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The above report title is a quote from one of the attendees. No doubt - the conference was a huge success! Here's more on the conference that you helped to support.
The first face-to-face annual Girls Leadership Mentoring Workshop / Conference for its leadership mentees took place in February 2013. The conference was held at the Hill Valley Hotel Conference room in Freetown, Sierra Leone. There was a total of sixteen (16) conference attendees consisting of 9 leadership mentees, 3 Develop Africa Coordinators, 3 mentors and trainers and a guest from the United States. The conference presenters and mentors included presenters: Dr. Gladys Palmer, Ms. Adeyinka Wyse and Ms. Melody Davis.
Dr. Gladys Palmer facilitated the morning session one “Leadership and Anger Management.” The session was psycho-educational in nature. It entailed self-evaluation and group work on the issue of anger management. The session was designed to encourage participants to own their feelings and recognize the physical cues of anger in order to effectively manage it. The session lasted for two hours including a question & answer time.
The afternoon session, “Empowered to Lead”, was led by Melody Davis and Adeyinka Wyse from the United States. This session was designed to put the leadership mentees in control of educating and empowering themselves to lead and take action on key issues that affect their lives. The mode of training included group work and individual activities. A collaborative approach was also utilized in this session.
During the break-out times, the mentees, mentors, trainers and facilitators had a great opportunity to network, interact and connect on a personal level. The conference was reported to be very informative, educational and inspiring.
Here are some of the comments from the leadership mentees regarding the conference and workshop:
“Wow, the conference was superb. The facilitators were awesome. We learnt a lot. May God bless you Jasmine for giving us this opportunity to meet with such an inspiring personalities. Love you all plenty.” ~ Isatu K.
“I really have enjoyed the conference. Thanks very much Jasmine for your relentless effort.” ~ Dorhen S.
“The conference was awesome, inspiring, awaking and wonderful. I felt empowered. Thanks Adeyinka, Melody and Gladys. Thanks to Develop Africa and Jasmine, it was powerful.” ~ Hannah S.
“I'm so thrilled! Could have sat there and just enjoy learning new things, but all the same, it's ended. It was awesome! What a wonderful thing to learn so much and still want to continue learning.” ~ Gracie G.
“The conference has ended. It was educating and we all had a fabulous time today. Thank you for the opportunity. Loads of love.” ~ Angela L.
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Girls having fun
Attendees in between training sessions