Youth Development Network (YDN)
The Youth Development Network (YDN) was borne out of sincere love of young people, a firm belief in their potential and a deep desire to enable them to play an active role in changing their lives and that of their communities. It was forged out of the realization that more than 90% of CWP participants are young people many of whom are eager to make a difference in their communities. They have and continue to display immense hunger to learn and be involved in meaningful activity.
This programme is designed to build leadership capacity and skills amongst young people, with specific focus placed on empowering them to become community development leaders and managers, as well as productive and thriving adults.
It is envisaged that the YDN will become a fully fledged youth development programme that addresses the broader developmental needs of youth, in contrast to deficit-based models which tend to focus solely on youth problems. Young people need some guidance as they seek out their place in the world.
Candidates are hand-picked according to their performance in the CWP. They undergo Intensive Leadership Training (ILT), which is a highly experiential and practical course aiming to equip candidates with the skills they need to initiate and lead community development activities. The training is packed with live models of community development exercises, paired and group exercises, and in so doing, each participant gets hands-on experience and relevant feedback.
The programme consists of three modules. Personal Development and Team Building focuses on team building and management skills, such as emotional intelligence and effective communication.
Module two is called Community Assessment and Mobilisation Training. This module encompasses the skills and knowledge of reading the community, identifying key issues that require attention and determining specific challenges that participants would like to address. Some of the components of the module are community mapping and resource mobilization.
Module three is designed as a Personal Leadership Challenge which is a composite of what’s offered in the training. This is where participants start working with each other to plan strategies to address identified challenges in their respective communities. This provides an opportunity to put into practice the acquired skills and knowledge. The outcome of this, is a clear action plan devised by candidates themselves, outlining the kind of resources and support required to achieve set goals as well as how they plan to support each other.
Seriti Trainers & Facilitators
The Seriti team of trainers and facilitators is dynamic and boast a wealth of collective experience in working with young people and communities. All members of the team hold relevant qualifications and are conversant with participative methodologies. Our in-house team has over 25 years’ collective youth development experience, and excels in the following areas:
- Personal, Business and Entrepreneurial Coaching
- Workshop Facilitation
- Programme Design and Development
- Team Building
- Life Skills Education
- Family Life Education