The First Facilitator, Mr Lanre Olusola started his class with an energizer which includes bringing a participant out and asking other participants to say what they know about him/her. He later asked some kids to dance. The essence of this is to acquaint himself with the participants. The topic for this session is ‘Activating the power within’. Goals is one of the major requirement needed to activate the power within. The participants were given an exercise that involves projecting into the future and imagine how they want to be in the next 50years (precisely 30th of July, 2064). Mr Lanre asked the participants to get a partner which they did and he asked them questions that will unveil the leadership within them. Questions like, What do I like about who I am?, What do others say they like about me?, What compliments would I make myself?…and so on. The questions were answered in their note pads and each participant was asked to read out the answers three times to their respective partner and the partners should reply with ‘I believe you’. Some participants were randomly picked and asked to share their goals with and the answers were amazing. Not only are the participants young but they are intellectually alert, their answers were amazing and positive. He instructed them to remove their shoes and step on the written goals, close their eyes and imagine what they wrote getting fulfilled. Bold and positive declarations pertaining to the goals were said and they were asked to congratulate themselves. There was a change in their thinking at the end of the session, they believe the future is now and they were excited at the written goals and who they want to become.
These past 3 days has been incredible in every way! The spirit, love, camaraderie, teamwork, bonding and togetherness in camp is exhilarating. More was seen this morning as we had a quick ‘flashlight’ session where the children, facilitated by their mentors shared some of the things they’ve learnt in the past two days.
They spoke about activities of the past few days; like the …vision and goal setting session, their experience during the sport session, the new knowledge acquired in the skill development session and the myriad of snippets of wisdom gained from the former Deputy Governor of Lagos, Princess Sarah Sosan’s opening address on Leadership yesterday.
Thereafter, the teens were introduced to adventure via experiential learning by the tenacious Mpho; a mentor from South Africa. Her session encouraged the children to work in teams and to dig into themselves to find solutions to clues hidden in different locations, which actually led them on a wild goose chase. The purpose according to her was to teach the children endurance and to prepare their minds for the mindset-changing and paradigm-shifting adventure sessions in the coming days. Truth be told, even some of the mentors confessed to being frustrated and lost during the ‘goose chase’, but all in all, at the end of the session, everyone was excited and are looking forward to the next bit of adventure tomorrow morning. Did I say tomorrow morning!? No! Because there are loads and loads of amazing upcoming activities today…
Taiwo Akinlami, Barrister & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Nigeria and arguably Africa’s foremost Child Protection Thinker and Practitioner with 17(seventeen) years practising experiences; Consultant, Facilitator, Mediator, Social Intervention Contents Provider, Child Protection/Rights Enlightenment Curriculum Developer, astute Contributor to Brain Storming and Planning Sessions, Child/Youth Trainer to UNICEF, British Council, SOS Children’s Villages, Nigeria, Association of Private Educators of Nigeria(APEN), Association of International School Educators of Nigeria(AISEN), Association of Christian Schools International(ACSI), governments, and other leading national and international organisations on Child Protection; Independent Legal and Social Regulatory Expert, Conference Speaker and Coach to individuals and families on Child’s Rights/Protection and Responsibilities Issues, Legal Enlightenment & Development Enthusiast, Researcher, Social and Youth Empowerment Advocate, Author, Blogger, Columnist, Secretary-General to the Child Protection Network, Lagos State, an initiative of UNICEF and an accredited facilitator of the British Council School Leadership Program. Website: www.taiwoakinlami.com│Blog: www.taiwoakinlami.wordpress.com│Twitter: @taiwoakinlami
“Activate Youth Camp’’ is a 7-day residential personal development program for students JSS1-SS3. Activate Camp is focused on building support networks for the participants through friendship, trust, self-belief, self-respect, a positive attitude and motivation. The participants will develop and harness methods, tools and crafts to counter the challenges faced by today’s youth. Furthermore, basic personal and social skills necessary to deal with future challenges are acquired.
For one week this summer, young, secondary school-aged boys and girls will gather in Lagos for the second edition of the #ActivateYouthCamp hosted by Annie’s Place Child Development Initiative to reinforce a solid foundation for our youth as it is imperative to equip our youths for future leadership roles.
The Activate Youth Camp” is an opportunity for young people to learn about leadership and how they can become better people in an environment of love, friendship and care from seasoned leaders and mentors in the society. The camp affords young people the best opportunity to develop skills that will be needed in life, especially for those who will soon be graduating from the secondary school. What most young people fail to grasp is that they have a lot to offer to their families and their community and this is caused by negative stereotypes and a lack of good role models. The Activate Youth Camp will help them “step up” to a better life because we believe and are convinced they have it in them.
Activate Youth Camp started a year ago with 120 participants and the theme was “I Have It in Me” which also doubles as the motto of the camp. The camp is the brain child of Annie’s Place Child Development Initiative, a national center funded, in part, through grants from well-meaning individuals in the society. The purpose of the camp is to encourage young people to see the value of the potentials in them and awaken it, and also urge them to prepare now for a rewarding future.
Our second edition will hold between during which young people will be equipped with the knowledge and practical experience on Leadership related topics. This we believe will help reinforce a solid foundation for our youths, as it is imperative to equip young youths for future roles- OUR FUTURE LEADERS.
During these 7 days, the students will participate in team building activities, as well as attend various sessions and presentations on youth related issues and skill acquisition awareness. They will be challenged physically, mentally and emotionally throughout the program. Activate youth Camp will provide its participants with a supportive environment to grow and develop. All participants learn and benefit from the camp in their own unique way.
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