9th Annual International Youth Development Conference

Written by Ricardo Klayen, NPH Mexico

We celebrated the 9th Annual NPHI Youth Development Conference this past January 2018, welcoming participants from all nine NPH homes. Our host was NPH El Salvador, a country rich in culture and hospitality, which provided a beautiful and wonderful experience to all our participants.

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There were 46 NPH youths that participated in this event; for 24 of them it was their first time attending, and 22 of them had the opportunity to participate in the past.

The theme of the conference was “Who am I?” The participants answered the following questions throughout the duration of the week: Who am I in my community? Who am I in my faith? Who am I as a person? Who am I within a team? And who am I as a leader?

In addition to the workshop and teaching part of the conference, the youth enthusiastically participated in recreational and cultural activities during the week.  This included games shared by other participants, an excursion to do service in the community, and also a day to visit cultural sites in El Salvador.

The team who led the activities included Donna Egge, Avriel Burlot, and myself, Ricardo Klayen.  We also invited special visitors during the week to present during the conference and share time with the youth.  These visitors included Dr. Michael Maccoby, Reinhart Koehler, Miguel Venegas, Nelly Fernandez, Jacqueline Shrader and staff from NPH El Salvador.

Based on my experience, this conference is a very important opportunity for our NPH youth and family. We strengthen personal growth of our youths, and strengthen the family ties among the members of our great NPH family.

I had the opportunity to participate in this type of workshop years ago and I have seen my personal growth. As an Hermano Mayor (older brother in the NPH family), my wish is to see the growth in each one of my brothers and sisters who are participating today and having these opportunities and experiences.

This year was the third time I helped lead the workshop as part of the planning team. I feel very happy and grateful for all the people that have helped me become a better person and a good example for my NPH brothers and sisters.

 

iLeap International Fellows Spring Program

The NPHI Family Services team and supporters strive to invest in NPH leaders and provide unique professional development opportunities for them. From this effort arose the idea to partner with iLEAP, a Seattle-based, international organization designed to provide professional development opportunities and inspire leaders to ignite social change around the world.

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2018 International Fellows, Spring program

iLEAP has a strong track-record of developing social entrepreneurs from around the world.  Father Wasson was, among many things, an entrepreneur.  He was an innovative leader and inspired the creation of NPH, an organization which continues to thrive in his absence.  We see iLEAP as a resource for helping to develop the next generation of NPH leaders so they can develop into a modern version of the social entrepreneur that Father Wasson was.

Congratulations to NPH staff, Nelly Fernández and Tom Kuiper, as they complete their three-week long journey as iLeap International Fellows this Spring!

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Donna Egge, Tom Kuiper, Nelly Fernández