In the year 2014 the Young Leaders board had an ongoing project, started the previous year and due for completion in the August of 2014. The project was devised with the aid of Lead Us Today (LUT) mentors, and the Young Leaders 2014 board planned out the details with the aid of the LUT. The project, designed to facilitate the self sufficient raising of money for Khami Prison, while providing clothing and useful skills for prisoners, was ultimately unsuccessful, in part due to a communication and cooperation problem between the 2014 Board and the LUT, which led to the Young Leaders Club and the LUT parting ways near the end of the year.
This experience allowed the 2014 board, and the new members who witnessed it, to better understand the complex circumstances affecting the success of a project. This, together with the fact that the 2015 Board was free to pursue whatever initiative, or initiatives, they saw fit, meant that the new board was better equipped to handle the many possible future projects they took upon themselves at the beginning of this year, such as the first step of their Sporting Initiative.
During Second Term, three members of the Young Leaders Board, Bersal Williams, Joshua Prior, and Cameron Tavares traveled to the US to participate in the 2014 Global Young Leaders Conference
Students from around the world took part in this unique global leadership development experience, the 2014 Global Young Leaders Conference (GYLC): Becoming Leaders of Change.
The 10 day conference gave the students the opportunity to interact with the world’s key leaders who influence global politics, finance, culture and diplomacy; thought provoking simulations were coupled with opportunities to collaborate with peers from around the world, giving the students the critical leadership skills needed to resolve global conflicts.
The students who attended the conference were nominated by teachers and guidance counselors based on their academic performance and leadership potential.
Activities culminated in the Global Summit Simulation challenge at the UN Headquarters in New York where students debated and negotiated to resolve emerging global challenges.
“GYLC was the experience of a lifetime, I was able to meet and make friends from across the globe, explore the famous landmarks of New York and Washington D.C., and take part in the United Nations Simulational Summit.”
– Joshua Prior, Young Leaders’ Vice Events Coordinator 2014
“GYLC was a life changing experience, I learned a lot of valuable skills, and learned a lot about myself as well.”
– Bersal Williams, Young Leaders’ Director 2014
During the early 3rd term, the newest members of the CBC Young Leader’s Club organised and hosted the 4th Annual CBC Spelling Bee, as a test of their capabilities. The event was a resounding success, and paved the way for many future projects by the new members, many of which were later appointed as Board Members for 2015.
The winner of the Spelling Bee was Melissa Chibebe of Khumalo Primary School, who informed the organizers that she loved to read and play sports – especially rugby! Sancia Bravo of Whitestone School achieved second place and Junerose Nyathi, also of Khumalo School, came in third place.
The CBC Young Leaders were very impressed with the high standard of spelling of this year’s grade 7 contestants. The 2014 competitors showed great confidence and ability which made the competition even more interesting than ever.
The President of Young Leaders, Banele Tshuma, described the event as a success and complimented the contestants on their excellent spelling ability.
The event was well organised, with Mkhokheli Nkomo as Master of Ceremony, who ensured the smooth running of the event while other Young Leaders sat on the Adjudication Panel.
At the end of the competition, the Patron of CBC Young Leaders, Mrs M. Davies, gave a vote of thanks to the organising team composed of Mayur Bhakta as Secretary, Kishan Parekh and Ayanda Khumalo for Events, Mbongeni Dube as Treasurer and Mehul Patel as Adjudicator. In addition, she thanked the Outgoing board who kindly mentored and oversaw the success of this event.