My Experience at the Emerging Global Leaders Conference

Last Updated: Sunday, 30 September 2012 Published: Monday, 08 November 2010 Written by Chelsea Dailey

From Oct 11-14, 2010, three Secondary school students from Dominica served as ambassadors for our country at the Emerging Global leaders Program (EGLP) which was held in Barbados. I was excited and honored to represent my school and country.

 

EGLP is designed to provide students with an opportunity to discuss the changing contexts of global leadership, the challenges of cross-cultural communication and understanding, and to explore essential skills for successful leadership in local and global contexts. The program is geared towards developing young people who want to effect change in their communities. It shows that when they become involved in the local community, it can impact their leadership roles globally in the future. The conference provided the students with the opportunity to participate in leadership exercises and attend presentations from local and global leaders.

 

The three students representing Dominica were Chelsea Dailey ( Convent  High School) Peter Panthier Jr.( Orion Academy) and Hilder Laville (North Eastern Comprehensive). We left Dominica on October 11th on our own and arrived on the flat, yet beautiful island of Barbados at about 9:30 that same day. On arrival at the airport, we were warmly welcomed by two mentors from the York University staff and preceded to the hotel. When we arrived at the hotel, we immediately began to mingle with the delegation, making new friends with about 44 other participants from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and Turks and Caicos Islands.

 

Over the four days, we were in awe by the information given. Topics such as ‘Five Effective practices of a leader’ and ‘The Difference between Control and Influence’ were discussed in detail. My favorite activities were the Government and the Community projects. The government activity was extremely challenging yet motivating. Participants were placed into a group and were given a scenario where there were problems affecting the island. The role of each Government minister was to try to convince the Prime Minister to allocate a certain amount of money into the budget for his or her ministry and inform the journalist of the situation. This activity assisted us in our public speaking and decision making skills.

 

The Community project activity involved delegations from various countries. The participants were to identify problems affecting their communities which needed urgent attention. Most members of delegations had the same problems such as issues with the environment, teenage pregnancy and gang violence. After listening to all the problems, we had to find solutions.

 

Overall, it was an incredible and momentous experience, one I agree that has altered my personality for the better. Also, this program has resulted in tangible leadership and societal outcomes. I believe that I am able to handle circumstances that I may encounter in the future. And of course, I am better able to emerge as someone rising up to notice and has the ability to make a change in society first in my community and then in the world. An important lesson which has left an indelible impression on my life is that “People with goals succeed because they know where they are going and grab every opportunity that arises”.

 

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I can say thank you Jesus, for giving me the opportunity to represent my country and my school and protecting me on the trip to and from Dominica. I am extremely grateful to the representatives of York University, the principal and teachers who supported me 100% .

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