Argentinian Leadership Training - Curso de Liderazgo Argentino
On December 9th and 10th, 2017 the first Argentinian Leadership Training was held at the Army NCO School “Escuela de Suboficiales del Ejército Sargento Cabral” that gave us the space, facilities and fed us to be able to do all the activities and to sleep without worrying. You all surely are asking why did I led this leadership training or which purpose does it have.
The Interamerican Scout Region has a Youth Involvement policy whose first step of the Youth Empowerment Process is “Capacity Building”. The Interamerican Leadership Training is a Messengers of Peace project planned to be given as an annual course since 2013. The first intention is to provide with tools and encouraging the participants to take more active roles in their NSOs (National Scout Organizations) or at regional and worldwide levels.
I had the honor of participating in the first Interamerican Leadership Training (2013) when I was 18. It was held in Houston, Texas, United States of America. ILT calls two participants from each country of the region. We were around sixty-five youth from all over the region, sharing a full week of immersive learning. The interesting part is that ILT is a training delivered by youth and given to youth. Of course, the adult support is essential, that’s why the staff were so diverse.
When I came back from this training, I thought I shouldn’t be the “one out of two” Argentinians who had experienced this. So, I started thinking and looking for help on how could I be able to share what I had learned. I came up with the idea of making our own leadership training, but I admit I found myself a bit lonely by then. All my efforts were focused on developing a project that would have an impact and communicate to the world who the Scouts are. With the “Orange Team” that were put together in the ILT, we made a project called “Trees for the World” and it went viral thanks to the social media. A second ILT took place in Galveston (also Texas) the next year and I was privileged being called as a staffer. I advised the Pink Team. In this course, two more Argentinians participated. The following year, the training moved to Guatemala, and, again, was honored being called to oversee the Media & Communications area. Two more, and so. There’re now eight ILT alumni from each country.
Some countries of the region could perform their own national leadership trainings. And they strengthened their staff with foreigner alumni who, at the same time, were learning more skills to do that themselves. Uruguay and Paraguay trusted me in their CLU and ELPa to be part and invited me. Uruguay invited four alumni from here.
All these efforts were given back to a group of thirty-six youth from all over Argentina as a training to learn leadership skills and to work together in regional Messengers of Peace projects. And we also gave back to the neighbor NSOs that invited us to learn and perform. Our staff was (and is) outstanding. It consists of twelve youth from Argentina, Chile, Curazao, Uruguay and Venezuela, and adults who supported us in so many different fields such as legal, logistics, food, transportation, health care, and many more that I surely don’t know. The intergenerational alliance gave us the opportunity to learn by doing. We also were visited by the president of the Foundation of the Interamerican Scout Region who remarked that the participants did an excellent job. The joy was a constant and the good vibes and humor were key to the performance and follow-up of the intensive schedule. They still are in teams grouped by proximity of their zones and were named by national parks: Calilegua, El Leoncito, Iguazú and Nahuel Huapi. They presented their project ideas pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) on quality education, decent work and economic growth, reduced inequalities, gender equality and partnerships for the goals.
We’ve got a lot to improve, but we want to invite you, and your NSO, to get involved with the purpose of the Messengers of Peace Leadership Trainings. You can count on us. I’ll be glad to help on any concern or asses with ideas. Our staff is always willing to give a hand. We think this is a way to Create a Better World.