November 24th, 2018.
YOUTH LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
Portsbridge Educational Services in collaboration with Raberto Schools organised a Youth Leadership Summit for public and private school prefects in Abuja. The goal was to begin the movement for raising a new breed of leaders with character, competence and compassion for the nation’s development and curb the menace caused by the current corrupt and dysfunctional leaders. Secondly, the aim of the summit was to begin the process of inculcating good leadership qualities in teenagers as a Panacea for raising ‘distinguished Leaders’ and to enhance the practical leadership skills, strategic thinking and substantive knowledge of Nigeria’s future leaders.
cross section of participants
About 56 school prefects were in attendance. The summit recorded huge success as participants were actively engaged during the program. The students had interesting breakout sessions where they discussed contemporary issues posing threats to effective leadership. Issues on illicit sex, pornography, drug & substance Abuse, cultism, alcoholism, peer pressure and rape were widely discussed with emphasis on causes, effects and possible remedial measures.
During the break-out session
The aim of this session was to Identify and enhance the strategic thinking, long-term planning capabilities, communication and critical thinking skills of the promising youth leaders
The keynote speaker, Bar. Samson Itodo the convener of the Not Too Young to run bill and the Executive Director of Youth Initiative for Advocacy Growth & Advancement (YIAGA). He encouraged the already seated and anticipated young leaders to build themselves into being good & distinguish leaders. He charged them to nurture and grow values (integrity), skills, and engage in impactful volunteering activities. He emphasised on the need to be visionary leaders as an element that separates the good from bad leaders. He shared his experiences on his journey towards the successful implementation of the Not too Young to Run Bill as an effort that has now paved a way for them.
The summit came to a close by the icebreaker presentation by Mr. Wale Craig (the school coordinator of Woodentods International School). He spurred the students to be exemplary leaders. He further charged them to be dogged and committed to innovations & inventions that will change the world propelling them to stand out among their equals.
The success of the summit has led to the decision to make it a recurrent event, as the outcome recorded a number of participants requesting for mentoring platform where they can be duly guided and supported to be great and effective leaders.