August 9-10, 2014?Facilitators of the Leadership Communities in partnership with AFI, AYLC, JCI, CACABU, COC, XU, MUST and BMFI have successfully organized a 2-day Lead and Learn Camp from August 9-10, 2014 held at Seaside Bible Camp, Barra Opol, Misamis Oriental. The Lead & Learn Camp is a leadership camp and workshop not only for the youth leaders of our participating 9 Barangays but also to the Barangay Kagawad, and Partner Facilitators of the youth leadership development program of Ayala Foundation. The objective of the camp is to develop and empower our young leaders and to allow them to reflect on the projects that they have developed for their communities. It also served as a workshop for the partners (JCI, BMFI, XU, COC, MUST and BMFI) and Barangay Kagawads of their respective Barangay to develop the skills and enhance the tools and technology in facilitating workshops, camps, and other activities that are very useful to apply in the community.
Day 1 started off with good news from our City Mayor Oscar Moreno. He announced that Cagayan de Oro City was ranked as the 2nd most competitive city in the Philippines, following only Makati City. This news brought by Mayor Oca inspired and challenged the youth to be competitive and unite for the development of our community and our City.
The LeadCom Projects wouldn’t be possible without BPI Bayan. Through this initiative, BPI employees are engaged in volunteerism initiatives and a 10,000 seed fund is entrusted to the youth for the implementation of projects for their community. BPI Bayan was represented by Ms. Maybelle Arsolon and inspired us with her words “If we change the way we make money, then we make the change happen”.
Being inspired by our speakers, our competitiveness, interest and creativity was challenged after being grouped in making our commitment banners for the activity.
“So you are here, so you are a leader” A greeting from a well-known leader in the Province of Damulog, Bukidnon and a former parish priest Mayor Romy Tiongco. He said that leaders aren’t born, but are developed in the process of working for the good of the community and fellowmen. Mayor Romy shared five qualities of a leader: First, a leader is discontented; second, he also has vision to make it into reality; third, a leader has knowledge and skills; fourth, he has the guts or courage to pay the price or face the consequences; and finally, the most essential qualities of a leader is that he has the love for the people, environment and nature for it is only in this sense where we can love God.
Experiential Learning is the process through which the learning and knowledge are grasped or created through experience. As discussed by Mr. Claide, there are four aspects of Experiential Learning: Experiencing, Processing (the front loads & symbols and the questions), Generalizing and applying the experience. And to experience the process, there were activities that were conducted, the Trust Fall, Maze and the Nuclear Fence.
Trust Fall Activity
Trust is one of the vital characters in facilitating, trust between the facilitator and the mentee. In an activity called “Trust Fall” the spotter is tasked to catch the faller and guide it back to its same standing position as the faller falls back like a log. The faller asks the spotter if he/she is prepared and ready to catch him/her before falling freely.
Trust fall allowed us to realize our roles and responsibilities as a facilitator. Often times our mentees get out of track in their project and become confused. When this happens, we have to be the spotter to support and guide them back to the track of their projects. Preparedness and communication are both important to have an understanding between the parties to deliver the tasks and trust in both the spotter and the faller’s capability and honesty.
- “It feels frustrating that we were not able to finish the task at the required time, but that failure also served as a challenge for us to move on and plan other possible strategies to accomplish the task” –Toni, BMFI
- “Each of us has an assigned function which has been helpful to finish the task.” –Chris, MUST
- “ Since we are a team, we are responsible for each other” – Mart, XU
- “ It is not the goal that we ended up but the process that we experience in learning the friendship and the character that we cultivate from the activity.” –Mart, XU
– Toni Gail Nobleza