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Peer-to-Peer influence is a huge consideration when you want
to disciple a Generation of children and youth. How do we change the voice of the child who will impact their friends to
raise a new standard? We believe in investing in leaders
amongst teens is a must!
The International Leadership Academy, ILA, is a leadership development programme designed for secondary school students (ages 13 to 17). These student leaders and their educators undergo separate and combined practical training, developing a holistic approach to leadership (spiritual, intellectual, physical, social, and professional). The Academy is designed not only to increase the amount of influence these young leaders allow you to have in their life but also to teach and encourage them to better their community.
The Academy is a four-year programme, beginning with learners in grade 8. These learners are challenged each year to impact their community by completing a community project. Upon completion of their project, within six months of the training camp, learners qualify to continue in the programme.
We have seen the International Leadership Academy grow immensely in the past year! ILA Director’s trainings were held in July and October in South Africa and in August in Uganda, training 47 individuals from 24 separate communities. With the ILA Director’s Training in Uganda we were blessed to have an international presence with partners from Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan, and Tanzania who all committed to adopt the programme into the strategies for their nations. We are excited to report that from these partnerships our first International Leadership Academy was launched in Hyderabad, India in January where a group of vibrant young leaders were trained. Pearl City church hosted this amazing time in India. Active countries remain to be: India, Uganda, South Africa and Madagascar.
“My ILA camp trip was awesome. I enjoyed everything we did. During the ILA camp, I was able to find myself in order to know myself better. I was able to befriend people from other schools and see different points of view. I learned that being a leader also helps if you are obedient to God. I think the ILA changed me into a better person. I taught myself to be honest, loyal and ask for God’s guidance all the time. The activities taught me that everything that I do has a reason; it’s either a blessing or a curse. ILA made me realize that I am unique and no one in the world is that same as I am. I also learned that I should love myself the way I am because I am blessed. I think the ILA is one of the best experiences in life and I will never forget it, I say this because today I am a better person. ” Female Year 1 Learner - Mokopane