From Thursday, July 15th to Thursday, July 22nd 2010, Soccer 4 Hope MVP Olwethu Mavuso joined more than forty youth from around the world as the youngsters descended on Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont for Miracle Corners of the World’s 13th Annual Youth Leadership Retreat.
The retreat aimed to work with youth to identify challenges in their communities and to visualize goals and plans to make a difference. “Once again, we have aimed to create a comprehensive and creative program that will challenge the group, but also ensure that they have a good and interactive time,” said Yasmin Elachi, the retreat coordinator.
This year’s participants, 16 to 21, included American, Bosnian, British, Chinese, Indian, Israeli, Italian, Kenyan, Kyrgyzstani, Nigerian, Palestinian, Rwandan, Somali, South African, Tanzanian, and Zambian youth. More than a dozen of the participants had participated in past youth retreats and returned as “mentors.”
The retreat presented a chance for each participant to prepare a “vision plan,” which identifies a specific challenge in their community, such as the lack of after school programs for high-school students or limited oral healthcare, and the concrete steps that the participant can take to address the challenge. It also provided an opportunity for the participants to share the creative social justice work they do in their own communities, learn from each other, and build a global network of support. Congratulations, Olwethu, for sharing your ideas and being part of a powerful group to create change!