Students also visited the National Centre for Civil and Human Rights and engaged in community service at the Ronald McDonald House, a US based non-profit organisation with a mission to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and wellbeing of children.
In addition, each student had to read the book,“The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens” by Sean Covey. Needless to say, every evening there was hearty exchange on the content of the reading.
For most of the students, this was their first dorm-life experience and time away from home for an extended period, and some of the other students came from countries such as the Bahamas and Nigeria – which further enhanced the social aspect of the program. The original connection between Future Leaders Bermuda and Brandon Hall Atlanta was first introduced via the US Consulate, in Hamilton during the Future Leaders Programme. To assist with costs, each student was awarded the Panther Leadership Scholarship from the Brandon Hall School. They were also encouraged to engage in some fundraising.
Based on the feedback received, it is safe to say that the Program delivered on its purpose and the time at Brandon Hall School was indeed well spent. Mr Dean Fusto, President and Head of Brandon Hall School, shared his positive experience with the Future Leaders, stating: “Our Brandon Hall community and the Center for Global Youth Leadership was honored to host the Future Leaders.
“These young men and women absolutely embodied the concept and spirit of leadership. Their final pitches and projects left the audience incredibly impressed and many attendees were moved enough to offer investments of time and energy.
“Our fervent hope is that this program grows exponentially over the years ahead and that the bridges between Future Leaders and Brandon Hall are built to last and endure.”
Overall, the aim of the summer program was to inspire students to explore innovative solutions to challenges facing their local communities and by extension, the world.
By the completion of the program, students were required to prepare individual presentations based on the UN’s sustainable
development goals (SDG’s). The objective was for the students to find their own solution to the issue through social enterprises and community action projects, and in order to successfully complete the program, each Future Leader was required to deliver their individual presentation to faculty, staff and guests at Global Young Leaders in Action Conference.