Twenty-two excited participants arrived at Global Youth Village on Saturday ready and eager to make new friends, have new experiences and gain leadership skills! Sunday was Orientation Day at the Village with a welcome program in the morning and health checks, campus tours, elective signups and swim checks in the afternoon. Several fun team building games were thrown into the day as well. Elective activities being offered this session are American Sign Language (ASL), West African art, and volleyball.
This morning, GYV founder Mr. J.E. Rash addressed participants and staff on the importance of recognizing, affirming and responding to Universal Human Values: love, patience, tolerance, understanding, justice, compassion, joy, etc. Mr. Rash stressed that these are values that people can identify with in some way, no matter where they come from or where they live. Of course these values are expressed differently around the world, but “they are universal…and this is what connects humanity.” Mr. Rash also encouraged the group not to become discouraged in their efforts to create peace… or give up on their own personal dreams.
This was followed up by the classic, mind-bending GYV Values Exercise. Participants are given a list of 19 universal human values:
- material comfort
- sense of accomplishment
- mature love
- physical attractiveness
- They also have the option of adding values that are not on the list.
Then comes the hard part. Values on the list need to be RANKED….from what is most important to you to what is least important…and participants express/report their findings to the group. It inevitably leads to some very good discussions and insights!
The group also spent some time discussing issues that were of importance to them in their communities and what they would change if they could. We will have two workshops being offered at GYV this session: Lead Your World and Public Health. Lead Your World is a journey in developing and refining leadership skills and project planning. The Public Health workshop will introduce major global and local public health issues and help participants understand how they are linked to many other issues. Participants will design public service announcements on public health issues that they are passionate about and air them online!