Young Leaders in Action: Reflections on Youth Leadership


Since 2015, our Young Leaders in Action participants have been raising the bar for what it means to be a global citizen in the 21st century.   

Throughout the 2018-2019 school year, participants have participated in bi-monthly workshops, leadership training, community service, networking, and team action projects to facilitate WorldOregon's annual Youth Forum on March 15th. Their passion for learning and finding their place within the global landscape gives us hope for the future generation of world leaders.

As their participation comes to a close, our YLA participants reflect on their leadership journey in their own words.

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What did you like most about participating in Young Leaders in Action?
"I think the best part of YLA is definitely the action project, it really helps show how a global issue can effect us locally and how to start solving the global issues in our own community."
"Meeting the [International Visitor Program] students from Iraq, Africa, and Latin America was eye opening." 

What skills did you learn in YLA that you will continue to use in the future?
"I definitely learned a lot of helpful teamwork skills along with [discovering] my role in teams. Also...learning the steps for how to address a problem locally was definitely a life lesson and something I could apply to anything I'm passionate about."

 


What personal lessons did you learn about yourself as a leader?
"I learned that being balancing between being a productive [leader] and kind leader is really hard, and that I want to continue actively improving as a leader."

What was it like working with organizations to coordinate your youth forum workshop/ action project?
"I think that was one of the best parts of the action project because we got to meet with and see how real organizations are tackling these issues and collaborate with them. Seeing how you can turn something your passionate about into a profession, especially locally, is really amazing."

What advice would you give to incoming YLA participants?
"Put yourself out there and be kind, but willing to embarrass yourself to learn!"
"Remember that you have a team. This is one of the only times you'll have a team where everyone is a leader and is dedicated to achieving your end goal. Dont be afraid to ask for and make sure your utilizing everyone's strengths because team work is a skill that can be applied to every career."
"Stay in contact with your YLA friends!"

 

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“Oregon is better because of the dialogue sparked by WorldOregon programs—and my life is enriched by the knowledge and friendships I've gained by being a member. WorldOregon gives me hope for our global future!” - Yassi Irajpanah, Member & Supporter