For us, leadership is based upon the ability to respond to the time, place, and circumstances one finds oneself in. The Global Youth Village environment encourages an attitude, an identity, a set of new skills and understandings that allow leadership to emerge from individuals.[/one_half] [one_half_last][/one_half_last]
Young people see the source of leadership coming from within rather than solely on public acknowledgment. It becomes solidified, based on the confidence of “this is what I am” rather than upon the effort of “this is what I am trying to be.”
Our primary teaching method is experiential in a highly supportive environment. In all aspects of GYV – workshops, action teams and cabin life individuals are given opportunities. Young people are encouraged to try new things and develop teamwork skills.
GYV Participants return home with:
- Improved self-confidence, maturity; a positive outlook on life; renewed hope for the future
- Heightened commitment to active participation in the future of their communities
- Increased understanding of various cultures, global issues, and their interconnectedness
- Reinforced ability to respect people as individuals with unique strengths and weakness rather than to stereotype individuals by ethnic, national, racial or cultural prejudices and biases
- Increased self-discipline in setting, working towards, and achieving group and individual objectives
- Strengthened ability to organize and carry out community improvement projects successfully
- Enhanced ability to promote understanding among people
- Improved ability to find win-win solutions to interpersonal disputes and disagreements
- Acquired new perspectives on their own day-to-day dynamics.