Succesful stories

Vanja Jošić
Vanja Jošić

Bosnia and Herzegovina

“Providing opportunities to young will enable them to do great things.”

I was glad that I had this opportunity to express and share my own attitudes and experiences through LEAD project. Proudly I can say that being part of this story is one huge step forward in understanding how the world works. LEAD gave me structure and empowered me to be a leader of young people and to carry “positive spirit of change” in myself. Providing opportunities to young people enables them to grow into leaders and make influence on societies. For me, this project is shaped to create educational possibilities and promote good values to young people, through self-learning process and non-formal education. Best values that anybody can get while being young in this world is to have proper and good education.

Kofi Acheampong
Kofi Acheampong

Germany

“See the problem in first hand and engage yourself in solving it.”

For me was very important that I was able to understand more complex and difficult structures of the world we live in. I have got in contact with a lot of beautiful and interesting minds, from nearly all over the world, and was able to grow intellectually and mentally. Meeting new countries, new people and my personal growth enabled me to teach and lead groups of amazing young people, in a local but also in international settings. My story began with seeing the problems in first hand, talking about it and grew into really engaging and thinking how and why we have to solve the problems we are facing together.

Irene Nalubwama
Irene Nalubwama

Uganda

“Be ready to Learn, Unlearn and Relearn about leadership and cultures.”

My journey of leadership was very much intersected through, for me, 3 important concepts: Learning, Unlearning and Relearning about leadership and cultures. Through LEAD I had my first encounter with people from lot of different countries, my first travel by air, snow hiking’s and first lost luggage by airline. Also which is highly important for me is that I was a part of creating new initiatives and successful output in which developed new project called “flying girls team”, which today became a real and its being implemented. Through different seminars and meetings I have learned how to adapt to different circumstances and be inspiration to myself and people around me.

Malte Frederichs
Malte Frederichs

Germany

“No problems you face, you give more and push more to the goal.”

I am able to work with international teams of young people and achieve results together, on which I am proud of. In the beginning of the project I felt skeptic because communication with different countries was difficult and working in different settings was hard to get used to. Now I have skills, which enabled me to form groups and lead them, no matter how many different backgrounds and different living conditions they face. My personal skills grew; I am very self-organized and empowered to coordinate projects on my own. In the future, I see myself finishing studies as Social Worker and remaining in the youth sector.

Lydia Deborrah Banda
Lydia Deborrah Banda

Malawi

“Believe in young people, always.”

If I want to talk about biggest influence that this project had on my life, it will definitely be that I had opportunity to interact with wider communities, especially young people, and learn from them, which enabled me to grow personally. My “thinking about of box capacity” changed during these two years. Very best changes were to learn how to cooperate with people from different countries, with different backgrounds. Sometimes it was also difficult and we have failed to understand/accept different ideas. This didn’t put me on discourse, rather gave me power to start to believe more in myself and rely on me because of the leadership skills I have gained and perspective that were widened.

Florian Schulz
Florian Schulz

Germany

“Widen your view on the world.”

II have been able to collect many impressions through the learning about different countries and cultures. It has made me a bit more educated in the way that it widened my view on the world. I have learned how to build a strong team and learned several methods of team building and how to be responsible for the team. Interesting fact is that on the place that I work, my boss got very interested in Peer leader International and international cooperation because I have travelled so much. I have found that international communication is not quite as simple as I imagined it would be, but it is a struggle we must take and overcome.

Katlego Selokela
Katlego Selokela

South Africa

“No problems you face, you give more and push more to the goal.”

Main reason why I wanted to be part of this project was because I wanted to learn how to coordinate a project, which now plays a high role in my social engaging. Another influential thing would be that I learned how to implement workshops, run project independently and how to integrate with other individuals from with a totally different perspective (working on inclusion). This project gave me an opportunity to meet, learn and engage with people from other countries, visit and learn from different settings and engage in working with teams. In the future I see myself working in youth sector and running multiple projects that will benefit to greater improvement of civil society.

Mariia Makivnychuk
Mariia Makivnychuk

Ukraine

“New generation - is the best success ever.”

I’ve never expected that I can be a leader. At school I was one of the most influence people, but I’ve never been a leader or excellent pupil. When it was my turn to speak in the middle of the classroom I blushed and felt anxious. I did a big step ahead in last two years. I’m far from perfect, but I can say that I improved my skills in communication, public speeches, mentoring others, team-building and creating strong teams, being open to criticism and feedback... All of this happened to me because I “jumped” in topics step by step, faced challenges and tried to deal with it. Now I have also team of young people that triggers me to act and be proud on them and myself. Through LEAD we created new leaders in new generation.

Katja Peper
Katja Peper

Germany

“Your biggest change in world is to change yourself first.”

Much has changed, especially in my organizational and social skills. It was a 2 years of a self-learning process, in which I have gained skills to organize and LEAD meetings of young people by myself. I have organized my first workshop, meeting, and international encounter of young people from different world countries. After these two years of experience with LEAD I carry more responsibility in me, new vision of the sustainable future and clear vision of how society can influence big changes. Also, which has great deal for me is that, I've learned a lot about many topics around the SDG's.

Prince Khaled Kazembe
Prince Khaled Kazembe

Malawi

“Be a role model and a positive influence to your friends and society.”

Just like any other young person in Malawi I have used to depend everything on my parents in terms of clothing, financial support and all other basic needs. Because of LEAD project, in November 2017, we have established the organization called Youth Developers Collaboration (YDC). Being part of this is my biggest success. Topic in which I was interested to work dealt with adolescents sexual and reproductive healthy rights, because of direct connection to my lifestyle. Working on this topic enabled me to be more focused in life, to make positive life decisions, overcome challenges and be a role model to the other young people in my society and which is most positive a good influence on my friends.

Tshepang Maboe
Tshepang Maboe

South Africa

“Help bring change and make the world a better place for all.”

Since I've joined the LEAD project, I have learnt a lot about people and their preferences. LEAD helped me see change and developmental growth in a different way, whereby it taught me not to pass judgment to others without knowing the circumstances they are facing. The journey itself helped me know how to tolerate others and different situations. I have to say the journey we had with others was amazing and I will cherish the memories we have. I've learnt a lot from it and I wish more youth could join the crew and help bring change and make the world a better place for all.

Anis Jemaiel
Anis Jemaiel

Tunisia

“Be open to world, be open to different cultures.”

LEAD was a great opportunity for me to learn new skills and to get open on different cultures. It was quite enriching for me to work on the Sustainable Development Goals during different sessions and it helped me personally to get in touch with issues we are all facing in our countries, but also including ideas on how to contribute reducing/fixing some of them. Opportunities that LEAD provided to me are even gone beyond just skill and problem solving knowledge. During the visit I had to South Africa I had the pleasure to be hosted by a very kind family. They managed to do everything in order to let us feel home and therefore I knew what a global citizen really meant.

Njabulo Mahalangu
Njabulo Mahalangu

South Africa

“We have planted a tree that will not get dry.”

This was an experience of a life time. LEAD gave me space to grow up in my own way, my own style, with my own desires. Coming from African cultural was difficult for me, because I had experiences in the past putting my opinions down. Once I joined LEAD, I have learned to be assertive and to express myself in the best way I can. I learned that being adults comes with responsibilities, taking major decisions for the future of my life and the life of others. I understand, I tolerate, I accept, and I lead, because I am was LEADED on the best way. With this project we have „planted a tree that will not get dry“.

Malinga Nompumelelo Chantelle
Malinga Nompumelelo Chantelle

South Africa

“See where your strengths are and improve them always.”

LEAD project has really added a positive impact in my life. It gave me the opportunity to travel the world and explore it which was something I was always dreaming about. I was able to meet and interact with different people of different age groups. LEAD project has given me education, out of a classroom, where I was free to express my feelings and say out my point of view without being judged or whatsoever; it has boosted my self-esteem to a higher level because i was able to see where my strength was and where it needs to be strengthened. I have upgraded my communication skills when interacting with other people and empowered me to have the voice of changing the world to be a better place for all of us.

Nour El Houda Znagui
Nour El Houda Znagui

Tunisia

“We need to think of us more as global citizens.”

LEAD project allowed me to interact in with multiple youth from around the world, and to understand foreign cultures, such as that of Brazil and South Africa. We also teamed up to work on the SDGs and a variety of educational and cultural projects, which made me more eager to know and achieve much more for the world. The experience I recall the most from LEAD is when we were hosted by South African families, for some nights, and got to learn and think about this world as a global citizen really. I really felt like I am one of them, like a family member, a member of the world.

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LEAD is a network of young people (trainees), from 9 countries of the world, working to understand globalization and sustainability concepts, develop leadership and intercultural competences through local and international work, in direct international encounters and through the use of media. Started in 2016, this network is promoting commitment and partnership, of young people, for sustainable development.

All trainees work in correspondence to Sustainable Development Goals of UN, through their local NGOs, lead youth groups, educate young people and try out new approaches. The international encounters (seminars and youth exchanges) are embedded in monthly training and further formal and non-formal education courses for all trainees.

LEAD stands for: Leadership, Education and Development!

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Essentials:

Young people are taking action for a better future. There is no magic tool on how, but we just need to LET THEM DO IT. All of them know about realities in everyday life, like climate change problems, poverty, corruption, conflicts, but also about diversity, solidarity and the strength of communities. So without naming it, they know about the SDGs.

This goes to NGOs and governments. Allow people to think, communicate, learn and act. Let us link youngsters from all over the world and encourage them to learn for change. We need grassroots movements of young people all over the world.

What to avoid:

Well, a classical training sends you through a program of steps. “You cannot communicate in a foreign language just after understanding the grammar”. You must USE it daily. A course does not make you a leader, but a team which supports, corrects, gives critics and pushes you forward is a good training. Reading about global problems is good, but the complexity of contributing for change needs exercise in various fields. Don`t think leaders in politics, business and NGOs are all wrong. If you want to get an antelope, think like an antelope.

What is working:

Leadership means to have a message and a strong will to spread the message. It is more than running a campaign. Good leadership is combination of “fire in you” and a message that people understand and feel. We have seen many young people trying to push their community with a topic they did not understand. Leadership is also linked to skills like empathy and understanding the complicated ways of learning. Leadership needs to respect various opinions and experiences of others you want to lead. Be a part of a good team to understand and develop your leadership skills.

What doesn`t work:

No chance for you if you are leading because you have learned from your parents that you are here to lead – maybe they just belong to the leading class and think leadership is necessary to keep privileges. No chance for you if your friends tell you that you are the best to guide the group – maybe they just need an “idiot”. No chance for you if you think having been to many countries qualifies you as someone to speak for others – maybe it is better to walk in their shoes for some time.

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