Living in slums, refugee camps, and remote villages, many youth are limited by their circumstances for basic rights and opportunities--but they have passion and potential to be change-makers and models in their own communities. Leadership skills training can help youth realize their strengths and aspirations, and to improve their communities, while their experience, ideas, and visions are assets to advance GFC's work.
We want to provide an authentic leadership opportunity for our youth through creation of the first GFC Youth Leadership Council: a body of young people commissioned to articulate and advance the needs of youth peers, and to serve as advisors to GFC. This council's activities would include leadership training, quarterly planning meetings, representation at GFC Board meetings, mentorships, and speaking engagements. Other benefits include career counseling and networking with global partners.
Leadership skills contribute to the development of young people and their communities. As a model of strength, independent thinking, confidence, and decision-making, a local youth leader creates a legacy of inspiration for future generations. This is especially impactful in underserved communities. Youth leaders give young people cause to be enthusiastic for their future.
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