This story was inspired by my volunteering experience at a teenage camp two months ago. I decided to share it because I believe it will help someone realize that (s)he is more than (s)he knows or has ever been taught. I hope that person is you.
|Teenagers with an instructor at the C.I.T.Y. Camp|
The six of us sat in silence. We were all thinking the same thing – should the teenagers be made to do an actual task or do the usual PowerPoint presentation? It was the third day of the annual camp meeting of the HOPE Foundation, where 250 teenagers (we call them leaders) from various secondary schools were brought together and taught leadership values and other soft skills needed in the emerging crop of young leaders.
As was the custom, different teams of teenagers were required to brainstorm on a social issue and present their proposed solution on the seventh day of the summer camp. That would have been the case this year except that Femi had a brain wave – that the teenagers solve a real problem instead of a fictitious one.
transformed it into tangible substance. That point for me was a moment of truth: never limit anyone. It doesn’t matter the age or experience of the individual, once(s)he has set out to do something, chances are that (s)he will succeed as long as the enabling environment is provided in the form of resources, encouragement and support. I wondered how much our society has lost out on by simply telling our children that they are too young. Those teenagers may not have realized it but by the success of their actions, they had taught us, their teachers, something that will stick for a lifetime: anything is possible!