EQUIP LEADERSHIP-LIBERIA trains 100 young leaders on integrity and volunteerism – FrontPageAfrica


MONROVIA – In commemoration of International Volunteer Day (DIV) 2021, the EQUIP Leadership Project – Liberia, led by its National Coordinator Benedict Tokpa Danuweli, successfully concluded a week-long transformational leadership development session for over a hundred young leaders (volunteers) selected from five of the fifteen counties in Liberia, including Grand Bassa, Lofa, Nimba, Margibi and Montserrado.

The International Day of Volunteers for Economic and Social Development is a global celebratory mandate of the United Nations General Assembly and promulgated on 5and December 1985 which is observed worldwide on the 5and December of each year.

International Volunteer Day (IVD) provides an opportunity for volunteer-involved organizations and individual volunteers to promote volunteerism, encourage the public sector to support the efforts of volunteers, and recognize volunteers’ contributions to achieving the goals of sustainable development (SDGs) at all levels of human life. existence.

In an effort to fully commemorate the Day, EQUIP Leadership Liberia – Project in collaboration with its partners to include, Liberia Unites, Liberia Red Cross, Carter Center, Liberia-YMCA, University of Liberia Volunteers and Volunteer Hub-Liberia, among others, has organized week-long activities to share skills, knowledge and experiences under the theme: “Equipping young leaders to volunteer now for our shared future” held at the Gethsemane Retreat Center in Upper Cardwell, Louisiana, Montserrado County from 6and-tenand December 2021.

The participants, who were also trained as “facilitators beyond success”, shared their stories and pledged to organize roundtables on issues affecting the social and economic growth of young people in their respective counties.

Making his first presentation at the event, since joining the EQUIP Leadership – Liberia team as a change agent, the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia, Maj./General. Prince Charles Johnson, III led the conversation on ‘Engendering the value of Integrity in youth benevolate’, charging young leaders to always demonstrate a high degree of integrity and honesty in all their endeavours, as they prepare for future leadership.

Maj/Gen. Prince C. Johnson, III also urged young Liberians to become fully involved in volunteerism, which he said is the hallmark of successful leadership, adding that “integrity and volunteerism have been an age-old challenge. in the private and public sectors of the country. , and you, as emerging leaders of the country, must work very hard to deal with the situation”.

To also motivate young leaders, the EQUIP-leadership project, Liberia coordinator Benedict Tokpa Danuweli said that more than one hundred young leaders have been selected from five of Liberia’s fifteen counties, including Grand Bassa, Lofa, Nimba, Margibi and Montserrado.

“The plan is to replicate that, across the country. We are open to working with like-minded institutions, to ensure that young leaders from the other ten counties are part of future trainings. These are the future of our country. They are the ones who can change narratives and inspire positive change in their communities with our support,” Mr. Danuweli lamented.

Mr. Danuweli also expressed his optimism that the young people who benefited from the week-long transformational leadership training will put the knowledge and skills learned into practice and also serve as EQUIP-Liberia volunteers or “facilitators.” Beyond Success” in their respective counties.

The week-long EQUIP-Leadership project youth training initiative was led by well-trained facilitators in transformational leadership development, including: Liberia State University lecturer and lead facilitator, Mr. Lamie A. Sallay, who spoke on “Building a positive relationship/ network in Youth Volunteerism”, Mr. Ambolia N. Sirleaf also gave a presentation on the need for young people to prioritize “personal growth” in volunteerism as a means to improve the quality of volunteerism, and Mr. Sartu W. Doe gave a presentation on , “A Positive Attitude Strengthens Youth Volunteerism and Ensures a Common Future.”

Meanwhile, participants and beneficiaries of this year’s International Volunteer Day, speaking at the climax of the occasion, praised the EQUIP Leadership-Liberia Project and other partners, for organizing an initiative impactful behavior change program, promising to have a positive impact on their communities when they return to their counties.

EQUIP-Leadership Liberia, is a subsidiary of EQUIP Leadership (global), one of the non-profit organizations founded by the famous American leadership coach and New York bestseller, Dr. John C. Maxwell, with for mandate to equip leaders around the world. drive positive change in their different spaces of influence.

EQUIP Leadership – Liberia Project has trained and certified over five thousand Liberian leaders, across different sectors, using its Beyond Success program in 2021.


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