Youth Leadership Training

Preparation: 

Each teacher received a written letter (see attached example) and then youth were invited to attend this training evening with the YM/YW leaders.<P>“Where In the World is our Leader?”<BR>Finding the Leader in You…What a Trip!<BR>Youth Leadership\t\t(Ward)\t\t(Date & Time)<P>Grab your Passports and let’s teach our youth how to gain strong leadership skills!<BR>The purpose of this youth leadership activity is to teach the youth of our ward the importance of the callings they hold and/or will hold, and how they can serve Heavenly Father through serving and supporting one another.<BR>Emphasis will be placed on the specific duties of the current class/quorum presidencies. <BR>At the end of the evening we will have a taco bar.<P>***Your assignment will be to teach ONE ten minute class, Three or Four times (with approximately 10 youth in each class). You have been assigned a “country” and may decorate your class area simply if desired. Be creative! Please make an effort to provide worthwhile information with a real leadership lesson, but have FUN! This is a lighthearted, positive approach and valuable skill training. Have fun with the youth. We encourage the use of - Teaching, No Greater Call manual, NEW ERA, www.lds.org , and the scriptures as these are appropriate teaching tools.<P>LEADERSHIP CLASSES:<BR>1. Delegating and Supporting Leaders\t“Operation Bootstrap” (instructors) \t Puerto Rico\t<BR>2. How to Effectively Conduct Meetings \t“Lead without getting the BOOT” (instructors) Italy<BR>3. Making Contact/Fellowshipping\t \t“’Thai’ Yourselves Together” (instructors) Thailand<BR>4. Planning & Working Together \t\t“How to cut through the Blarney” (instructors) Ireland\t<BR>5. Conducting Music\t\t\t“Beethoven’s School of Music” (instructors) Austria<P>\tUN Delegates:\t\tYM/YW Presidency Leaders<BR>\tAmbassadors:\t\tYM/YW Advisors/Assistants<BR>Border Patrol:\t\tYM Advisor/Assistants (as assigned)\t<P>Dear _____________,<BR>Thank you for helping us with this activity. We are excited to have you represent the country Puerto Rico in the class – Operation Bootstrap <BR>We came up with that name so it would be sort of like a boot camp environment while you taught the youth (and some of the leaders) how important it is to not be expected to “do it all” and how to support their class presidents, bishopric, YW/YM leaders. Feel free to dress the part! You may also decorate your room, but it is not necessary. If you do, please keep it very simple. Let me know if you will need any visual aid or equipment from the library and we will have that in your room. Please bring a timing devise (kitchen timer, watch alarm, etc) as we are letting you be responsible for the time frame of teaching - be prepared to teach approximately (3-4) 10min. mini classes. We will be on a rotating schedule where 8-10 people will attend your class at a time. If there is anything you need or questions please contact me @ 000-0000 (home) or 000-0000 (work).<BR>(Leaders name),<BR>YW Presidency <BR>
Ward Young Women/Young Men Leadership Training

This event is held bi-yearly for the entire YM/YW organizations. The YM/YW leaders rotate chairing the event.

•\tDetermine what leadership skills you want to emphasize and teach
•\tBrainstorm a theme
•\tIncorporate ward members who would/could connect with the youth – well prepared/informative/fun **give them a loose idea of what you are after and then let them go for it!
•\tAssign YM/YW leaders for supportive roles
a.\tfood people
b.\tset up/take down
c.\t"Ambassadors" to lead youth groups from country to country
d.\t"Border Patrol" to keep youth from wandering halls, etc. Also to check passports at end.

PREPARATION:
•\tMade passports. Made stickers for each country to be placed in passports upon exiting each country/class.
•\tUsed paper flag on dowel for the ambassador to hold up and lead their group
•\tDecorated with maps (free from AAA if member) and flags (off computer)
•\tUsed sticker tags with flags and names of countries for the Ambassadors shirts
•\tUsed sticker tags for "Border Patrol” and placed on front of baseball caps
•\tUsed sticker tags of UN "staff” i.e. kitchen help/support
•\tPlaced small flag papers in sealed envelopes for each youth to open which would place them in their group for the event
•\tHad flags on classroom doors for identification – teachers brought extra visuals if they wanted – we supplied anything needed from the library, etc.
•\tUsed Cultural Hall/Gym area as the beginning destination – they crossed the border into Mexico and had a taco bar prior to classes
NIGHT OF THE EVENT
•\tOpening pray & blessing on food
•\tYouth are given their envelopes
•\tAmbassadors were in the back of the cultural hall with their identifying flag/dowel
•\tYouth got into their groups and each group started at the same time
•\tEach class was 10 minutes – then rotated to the next country
•\tPassport stickers given either as they sat in class at the beginning or upon exiting
•\tRotated through 3-4 classes and end up in the Relief Society room which was the UN – "wrap up” training and a nice message from Bishop
•\tClosing prayer
•\tNote: Youth line up and have their passports inspected by the Border Patrol before entering Mexico if dinner served at end of activity

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