About 1800 students from 4 district schools in Bogotá receive special preparation, which focuses on developing values, strengthening their self-esteem and their own capacities to project themselves and to be positive agents of change in society. Here they tell you what this experience means.
"I REALLY LIKED EACH WORKSHOP, EACH TOPIC OF CONVERSATION. MORE THAN OUR TEACHERS THEY WERE OUR FRIENDS, IF WE NEEDED THEM THEY WOULD BE THERE TO GIVE US ADVICE."
Carlos, 9th GRADE.
"THE DYNAMICS AND ACTIVITIES DEVELOPED BY OUR TEACHER WERE SUPER COOL, THEY WERE OPEN, DEEP. ¡THANKS FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY!"
Jessica, 9TH GRADE
"I THOUGHT THIS PROGRAM WAS GREAT BECAUSE IT REALLY HELPED US, OR AT LEAST IT WAS VERY HELPFUL TO ME TO IMPROVE SOME ISSUES OF MY LIFE. I HOPE IT CONTINUES."
Miguel, 10th grade
TESTIMONIES TAKEN FROM 2016 IMPACT SURVEY.
Our team of facilitators is made up of young professionals in different areas and specialized in experiential education with great social dedication and who dedicate part of their time to the orientation of the students in their personal development.
EDUARDO ORDOÑEZ MANRIQUE
Social Communicator y Publicist
32 years old
"The magic of this program is to awaken young people's awareness and to empower them as they are taught to manage their emotions, which is fundamental to any learning and development process. The trick is to train young people who are connected with themselves and their surroundings so that they can build the world in which they want to live."
Social Communicator and Publicist
32 years old
"How many times in life do we give ourselves the time to do and to think what* (* Translator’s note: I think this sentence is incomplete) in this class? "The students and I agree to respond that this is a great gift of life that allows us to enter into ourselves and understand that success and happiness begin when our hearts are at peace with ourselves and with others. When we are able to recognize ourselves and love ourselves, but also to transform our wounds into opportunities to love more and better.
I think this is for me the great value of this experience; helping each other to become increasingly free and owners of our own life, leaving at each step the best footprint and living each day in full consciousness."
Psychologist with a specialization in Sports Psychology
25 years old
"I think that for me the most significant thing about this program has been to be able to share knowledge and experiences from my genuineness and that of each one of the youngsters, because they are wonderful people who have much to convey. I am convinced that in this accompaniment we do, not only have they learned from me, but I from them constantly. Being able to be with them in a classroom where a lot of imaginary paradigms and meanings around being a teacher, in our case facilitator, are broken, achieves a positive impact and a continuous growth both in them and in me."
Musician with emphasis in sound engineering
26 years old
"The most valuable thing about working with young people in the Being a Leader program is to be able to address their gaps, their doubts, their problems and to understand their lives, to open their eyes to the world, so they can dream, to have them understand how important their lives are!"
32 years old
"I think that approaching young people from the part of personal development when they are in their teens is fundamental so that they make better decisions in their life when they are faced with problems of any kind."