The Youth Exploring Solutions, or YES is holding a two day youth leadership summit with students from twelfth schools operating on the Bushrod Island, the suburb of Monrovia participating, aimed at establishing platform for young people to actively play pivotal roles in leadership at all levels of the society.
According to the Executive Director of YES, Stephen B. Lavalah, this two day youth leadership summit is the beginning of a plan to change the future of Liberia to be one ripe with opportunity, innovation, culture and national pride.
Mr. Lavalah also said the summit will designed to engage, educate and empower young people with the needed leadership skills, entrepreneurial capability, fundraising techniques, environmental conservation, sustainability issues, conflict resolution mechanism, and advance a sense of volunteerism as well as enhance critical decision-making abilities in an exciting atmosphere that is challenging and fund.
Facilitators who addressed the students spoke on several issues including “Youth as Catalyst for Change which was done by the Managing Editor of the Inquirer, Philip N. Wesseh, “Building Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence” was also presented by Alphonso Toweh, Executive Director of Media Link, “Mitigation and Conflict Resolution” was presented by Joe Noutoua Wanda, Director of Television of the Real TV & Truth FM among others.
Giving the opening address, the Sweden Ambassador to Liberia, Lena Nordstrom who told the students the important of leadership, stressing, Identity, Inclusiveness and Intention are those things she noted are important in all leadership endeavors.
She told the students that in order to lead they must strive better to know themselves who they are, stressing, “You have to be clear about your identity,” Madam Nordstrom who lectured the students advised.
She urged the students to be law abiding, and take into consideration importance of their identity, noting, “It is indeed important for you to know your identity, your inclusiveness and intention,” the Sweden Envoy speaking to the students noted.