Investments that last; A Post Young Leaders Academy (YLA) success story


KIR Foundation Young leaders academy

“Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.”
— Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook

KIR Foundation Inclusive Young Leadership Academy is a one-day workshop designed to train newly elected secondary school prefects from public, private and disability inclusive schools, to become emerging leaders who drive positive change in the society.

Nelson Simeon, the senior prefect of Community Secondary School Nkpolu and the winner of last year’s KIR Foundation’s YLA Essay Competition is making others better and making sure that the impact of the Young Leaders Academy does not end with him.

To this end, he and his team of emerging leaders organised a leadership training session for his fellow students themed `Purposeful Leadership’ for the students of his school. The training held on Friday the 1st of February 2019 with an attendance of 107 students and 3 teachers.

The speakers educated the students the power of purpose in leadership, saying that ‘the moment you have a defined purpose, you become deliberate about everything you do and every time you spend’. In addition, the students learned the different personality types and the use of social media as an effective tool for transformation in the society. At the close of the events, the students were inspired to take up leadership responsibilities and transform their communities.

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