This was one of the life changing experiences for Stowelink as an organization whose founder Ogweno Stephen joined the YALI RLC. What Is thus though, YALI RLC stands for Young African Leadership Initiative Regional Leadership Center a flagship of President Barack Obama to support and train young leaders in Africa ensuring they reach their full potential and can actively impact on their societies.
The YALI experience was life changing, we were equipped with skills and insert knowledge which ensured we will change the world. The 28 day intense training designed to stretch you and make you realize your full potential ensured that after the experience we were never the same. The training focused on personal development, leadership skills, creative skills and thinking through an intense training called design thinking by IDEO which changed completely how Stowelink will be addressing and solving problems.
The training emphasised on solving problems from the people’s perspective ensuring that the people form part of and implement the solutions to their problems. During the 28 day period we also had opportunities to meet amazing leaders who were making a difference in the community and whose talks reaffirmed that we are moving towards the right direction.
We also learned about thinking global and enhancing copetations towards solving the problems not only of Kenya but of Africa as we realised that the whole continent faces similar problems. What was truly amazing from the training is that from the 28 days we got to interact with members of 14 different countries getting to learn from their experiences and successes. Thus truly shaped how we view each other and we realised that what is separating the African continent is just the imaginary lines and that we truly are one people.
The facilitators coming from vast fields ensured that we were well equipped with knowledge and in relevant ways.the training is experiential and hands on especially during prototyping and solving of the design challenges. A lot of emphasis was also put on presentation skills,enterprenuership,networking and being a global leader. As one alumni said, when you go to the center, you never come out the same. The training is life changing and we are so humbled to have been part of that transition into the leadership space .
For us moving forward YALI RLC is part of our success ,WE NOT ONLY HOLD A SEED TO A TREE, BUT A SEED TO A WORLD, A GENERATION, A SOCIETY.
IMAGES COURTESY OF STOWELINK AT YALI
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