3 April 2012

Liberia: YBB Concludes Youth Leadership Camp

Better Future Foundation (BFF), in collaboration with Youth beyond Barriers (YBB) has ended a four-day youth leadership and development camp on Peace Island in Monrovia.

Aimed at breaking barriers, strengthening relationships and encouraging development among young people in the country, the camp was held from March 22-25, 2012.

At least 30 youth, drawn from various communities participated in the camp activities. The camp was held on the theme: "Preserving Myself is Preserving Liberia".

Rev. Augustine Arkoi, president of BFF, who facilitated the camp activities, cautioned Liberian youth and students to develop self-control and self confidence as they strive for better and prosperous future.

Rev. Arkoi told the youth that they would have better future through self preservation, self-confidence, and the ability for them, as individuals, to control conflicting desires in life.

According to the BFF President, "self-preservation entails personal endeavor by people to combat, and refrain from bad habits, to cultivate good characters through honesty and hard work, as a foundation for development and progress in any country."

Another facilitator of the camp, Moses Kesselee, Program Manager of ZOA Refugee Care-Liberia, challenged the youth to be focused as they strive for education and other learning opportunities.

Mr. Kesselee also cautioned the youth to place premium on activities gear toward building their academic, professional and moral capacities and refrain from acts with the potential to undermine their growth and development.

"Know where you are going, limit your wants and focus on your primary needs," he told the youth.

Dr. Jules Sisks, a research scholar from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, encouraged Liberian youth and students to rise above acts that have the potential to undermine their academic and professional development.

Dr. Sisks challenged the youth participants to remain cautious of their vulnerabilities in the society. He urged them to, at all times, seek knowledge and guidance from their parents, teachers, youth associations, among others in their quest for self preservation and success in society.

He praised BFF and its auxiliary group, YBB, for the camp, which he said was a source of inspiration as it relates to building the professional capacities of the nation's future leaders.

During the four-day camping exercise, the participating youth identified some barriers that exist among people today and needed to be broken.

The participants named Racial, Religious, Tribal, Gender, Class, Political, economic, language and culture barriers, among others.

With support of BFF and YBB, the youth vowed to work towards breaking such barriers in the country and beyond.

These barriers, according to the youth, could be broken by promoting dialogue and tolerance, sharing of best behavioral practices for peace, development and prosperity for all.

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