Our New Young Leaders 2020-21

Young Leaders

Young Leadership Programme

Our new Young Leaders from Portsmouth Diocese this year had their first training day  via zoom. On Monday 12 October students from Salesian College Farnborough ,Friday 16th October students from Farnborough Hill and St Joseph College Reading and on Thursday 22nd October, students from The Marist School  Ascot and Christ the King College Isle of Wight joined fellow students from across England on their first training day of the CAFOD Youth Leadership Programme. They all came together to find out more about the work of CAFOD and to develop their leadership skills.

After some lively icebreakers, which included a quiz about what they knew about CAFOD, they discussed in breakout rooms what they were passionate about and why they had joined the programme. The students later looked at some statistics on global poverty and interacted using the Mente App. Then they explored ideas about what makes a good leader and the qualities of leadership through discussing exemplary role models and voting for a leader they most admired. Martin Luther King proved to be a popular choice.

Sinead

Sinead leading the programme

Next, they looked at and discussed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) .They watched a video about a girl called Nadim in Uganda discussing the ‘period stigma’ she encountered at school but also, how CAFOD helped local experts from the Church network to set up a health group at the school where she found the answers she was looking for. It was explained to the girls that periods are normal and nothing to be ashamed about. This was also explained to the boys who even joined a workshop to make sanitary pads.

Later the students had some planning time to discuss a SDG in their own groups and to see how they could raise awareness of it back at their own schools. They were challenged to think about the planning process and whom they might consult to further their plans.

Many thanks to Sinead Callaghan for leading the day and to all the staff who accompanied their students. It was certainly a new experience running this day virtually but the students were all focused, enthusiastic and wanting to make a difference.

The Programme

The Programme

We look forward to hearing about the activities the Young Leaders organise in their schools later this term, and hopefully will be able to meet in reality sometime next year!

Fantastic Young Leaders enjoy their second training day .

Portsmouth Young Leaders

Portsmouth Young Leaders

What a great day we had yesterday with CAFOD Young leaders from Christ the King College Isle of Wight, Farnborough Hill, Salesian College Farnborough, The Marist School Ascot, St Anne’s Southampton and St Joseph College Reading.  Many thanks to Sinead Callaghan CAFOD’s Young Leadership Coordinator for leading the day and to  The Marist school for hosting.

Ice breakers

Ice breakers

After a few icebreaker the Young Leaders shared how they raised awareness about CAFOD in their schools last term for example delivering assemblies, creating a display, having a stall at the Christmas Fair. Next they explore CAFOD’s values and shared their motivations for becoming a young leaders.  After a lovely lunch provided by The Marist they learnt about how CAFOD supports Human Rights Defenders and the important role these people play in their communities as they try to protect their homes and land.  Finally they planned their fund raising events for the Spring term. They had some exciting ideas ranging from sponsored events to competitions to students vs staff football matches!

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Many thanks to the staff who accompanied the Young Leaders and support them throughout the year and we look forward to hearing how their fundraising activities go!

New Young Leaders start their CAFOD journey….

Portsmouth Young Leaders

Portsmouth Young Leaders

Wow there was great buzz at St Joseph’s College Reading  on Tuesday 8th October as a new group of young people attended the CAFOD Youth Leadership programme first training day .Year 12 students from Christ the King College Isle of Wight, Farnborough Hill , Salesian Farnborough, St Anne’s Southampton ,The Marist Ascot and St Joseph’s College came together to find out  more about CAFOD’s work and to develop their leadership skills.

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After some lively icebreakers the students looked at some statistics on global poverty for example 785 million people still don’t have access to safe drinking water . Then they explored what makes a good leader and the qualities of leadership.  Next they discussed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)  and decided in their school groups which one to focus on and planned their activities for this term.

Many thanks to Sarah Barber and Sinead Callaghan part of CAFOD’s Youth Team for leading the day and to all the staff who accompanied their students . Also thank you to St Joseph’s College for hosting the day and providing lunch for us all!

We look forward to hearing about the activities the Young Leaders organise in their schools this term!