Support Girls Leadership Mentoring & Training

by Develop Africa, Inc.
Apr 8, 2013

Leadership Online Reading and Discussion Circle

Girls in Mentoring Program
Girls in Mentoring Program

Dear friends and supporters-

Here's and update on the first Leadership Online Reading and Discussion Circle that took place on Saturday January 26th

All leadership mentees were present and participated in the one hour online reading and discussion circle. The facilitators of the online book reading and discussion circle were Drs. Crystal Hurd and Jasmine Renner.  Two books  namely on Think Twice You Can Be Creative by Jasmine Renner  and Self Leadership by Pentti Sydanmaanlakka  formed the main discussions of the reading circle.

The books were assigned in advance to all leadership mentees for reading, reflection and preparation for the online book discussions.  In addition, several pre-teaser questions based on articles from the books were sent to the mentees about a week in advance of the online session.

The Reading and Discussion Circle was vibrant, engaging and very successful.  Leadership mentees engaged in lively and constructive discussions about leadership skills and challenges from excerpts of the books.  The mentees posed questions to mentors, interacted with mentees, provided examples and illustrations of self-leadership and creative leadership as it applied in Sierra Leone and discussed several issues pertaining to creative and self-leadership. The mentees also discussed how to effectively execute and utilize their leadership and creativity skills inspite of the challenges they face in Sierra Leone.

Dr. Crystal Hurd, a guest mentor, posed several questions on Self Leadership such as: In your own words “what is self-leadership?” and “What qualities do you need to be an effective leader?”   The mentees engaged in a vibrant discussion and provided examples of what self-leadership meant to them.  Dr. Renner also posed questions on Creative Leadership such as: “Name one or two things that you feel you are creative and can do?”, “What are some main challenges preventing you from doing it?” and “List three things you will like to invent before you die?”   These questions spurred interaction, engagement and online networking and activities amongst mentees and mentors and fostered a vibrant online discussion and reading circle.

The Online Reading and Discussion circle was reported to be a huge success as mentees familiarized themselves with guest mentors and networked amongst each other. Each mentee was required to do a follow-up reflection of the questions and the online activity in their designated Leadership Journal.

Thank your supporters for your donations and support of this program. Together we are making a difference in the lives of these promising youths.

We are excited to also report that our projects are participating in the Give Forward matching campaign. The campaign will begin on April 9th and run through the 16th or until matching funds run out. Microsoft is offering a 50% match, with $100,000 in matching funds available!  Our current projects are available here. It's a great opportunity to supersize your donation - making it go further.  Please join us in transforming the lives of many youth. Save the date - and be sure to donate early on on April 9th to secure matching funds.  Thanks so much for your support!


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