In less than 24 hours, 12 of our senior participants jet off to spend a week in Cyrpus with our friends fromPeacePlayers International – Cyprus, PeacePlayers International – Middle East, PeacePlayers International – South Africa and Nesodden Basketball Club from Norway. Not only will they be spending the week playing basketball, they will gain leadership skills, learn about conflict resolution and the cultural diversity found within our group during classroom sessions, led by Laureus facilitators and the young people themselves.
As part of the preparation for the exchange, we created and shared intro videos or “Lead Logs” where the young people were able to see their fellow participants and ask them questions about their communities well before meeting them. We found the lead logs to be successful because it “breaks the ice” and for most people it has definitely turned anxiety and fear into excitement and curiosity!
Investing in our young people’s capacity is at the heart of our mission and we are excited about this exchange and how it will support our young people in pursuing their goals and returning home to invest in their communities as well. Stay tuned.