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Young Leader for Positive Change Has Organized Capacity Building Training Workshop

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Young Leader for Positive Change Has Organized Capacity Building Training Workshop
Young Leader for Positive Change Has Organized Capacity Building Training Workshop

Young Leader for Positive Change has organized one-day capacity-building training for over 100 youths in Freetown.

The initiative is part of the organization’s quest to lift the capacity and intellectual content of youths and to discourage them from abusing drugs.

Despite the outstanding growth of drug abuse in the country, the situation has received less attention from concerned bodies.

Young Leader for Positive Change
Young Leader for Positive Change

The organization took it as a notion on them to do the needful. However, the organization’s implementing action still faces financial challenges that affect the proper implementation of the cause.

Through a series of lectures, discussions, and interactive sessions conducted by experts and facilitators through non-formal tools that employed interactive approaches to knowledge transmission, the participants had the opportunity to interact with each other and share experiences and common challenges in the implementation thus making the session extremely educative.

Young Leader for Positive Change
Young Leader for Positive Change

Every session brought a new discussion and offered new and creative learning methods for the participants to learn about the causes of drug abuse, mitigation, and addiction that most youths are struggling with.

Speakers from all works of life ranging from civil organizations, government, and the private sector. Some of the speakers were Augusta Johnny from City of Rest who spoke on Drugs and Harmful Substances, Kadiatu Koroma from the City of Rest spoke about Mental Disorders and Control for youth, Dr. Hawa Vandi talked on Youth Involvement in Improving Community and Public Health, Ibrahim Kargbo from the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) talked about Drug Abuse and the Law, Mr. Emmerson Kamara Deputy Commissioner National Youth Commission, Ibrahim Kargbo from Rainbow Initiative talked about Sexual Gender Based Violence and Drug Abuse, Dr. Victor Moinina, lecturer at IPAM talked about Youth in Governance and Humanity, Aminata Conteh founder of Glowing Ambers Network talked Mental Health and wellbeing, Dr. Henry Sankoh Jnr talked about Medical effects on substances abuse and how it can be solved.

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At the end of the workshop, every participant took home not just a set of newly developed skills, but also the experiences of all the speakers and a certificate of participation. The workshop created a strong bond between the participants and gave them the chance to learn from each other. Their exchanges gave them an opportunity to discuss and form possible synergies amongst themselves, in turn guaranteeing the reinforcement and the commitment of them committing to becoming ambassadors of change to frequently preach against drug abuse.

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Festus Conteh is an international youth that functions conveniently in all forms of writing including article writing, news, script, content writing, constitution and project/proposal writing. Writing is fun to Festus and has brought fame and recognition in his clime. In 2019, he was awarded best upcoming writer in an online writing completion that was organized by the Association of Sierra Leonean Authors (ASLA). After his impactful contribution to national development and cohesion through writing, he was nominated for the African Genius Award for the Best Writer in Africa Award Category an award he lost to one of the greatest African Writers - Chinua Achebe. In 2022, Festus was one of the applicants to the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) as Vice Chairperson (Policy and Advocacy) a process that met imperil feedback. As a freelancer, Festus has written articles for magazines, newspapers, and media houses and his articles have attracted big media houses including BBC, Aljazeera and Legit. Ng and is the Head of Programs at Salone Messenger a public relations firm based in Sierra Leone with the latest news and information. He is the founder of Africa’s Wakanda a platform that spotlight the beauty of Africa. Festus is also a perpetual volunteer in life-changing causes and has shown great commitment and dedication to being a catalyst and solution to the challenges faced by young people like himself. Festus currently serves as the Secretary General of the Africa Youth Leaders movement which is a network of youth between the ages of 20 – 30 years who have shown achievement, leadership potential and commitment to make a difference. Festus is also the Africa Focal Point of Youth for Change Initiative, which is a platform through which young people can access resources, be empowered and given the opportunity to grow to become useful members of society who will participate in the development of their communities and nation. Along with another Africa Youth platform, Festus has Co-Founded the Future of Africa initiative which is an advocate forum with the aim to bring together local and international socio-economic stakeholders to support innovative programs aimed at advancing the radical and practical progress of adoption awareness-vulnerable children and youth and youth leadership-through interlinking local, regional and international resources and opportunities.