Forty-four young alumni from the CAYA Guatemala program came together this weekend to learn new leadership skills thanks to funding from the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala. The workshop was held at the Centro de Formacion La Asuncion in Guatemala City from December 11-13, 2015 and alumni came from all regions of Guatemala. The workshop built upon their previous CAYA experience by providing alumni with additional leadership development training designed to take their skills to a more advanced level. It also served to united alumni and create new synergies among the participants.
The workshop included training from Fulbright and SEED alumni, a panel presentation on how to identify community needs and local social resources, a video presentation on 7 Habits of Highly Successful Teens, and a presentation on the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. Ambassador Todd Robinson and a team of US embassy staff actively participated in the workshop and were inspirational for the youth.
The workshop resulted in a total of seven community development projects being designed by the CAYA alumni, of which four were competitively selected to receive seed start-up funding. The selected projects included Sexual Education and Gender Violence (Oriente Region), Community Organic Mushroom Growing (Tecpan), Formation of a Children’s Library (Solola) and Rural Youth Agricultural Development (Ixcan).