Filcom International Toastmasters Club (Filcom) recently culminated its Youth Leadership Program (YLP) through a grand finale streamed live via Facebook, showcasing the youth leaders’ progressive transformation.
The YLP is an eight-session-education-programme offered by Toastmasters International which aims to enhance public speaking skills, develop leadership abilities and learn to think on their feet. This year’s YLP was curated for the 30 youth leaders of the Philippine School Doha who registered and were supported by their parents.
Throughout the eight sessions, which were designed in a way that these young minds can explore their innate potentials, there were various keynote speakers who inspired the youth leaders and the aptly designed training modules helped them learn and hone various skills. The Filcomites extended support through one-on-one mentoring and facilitating training modules to equip the participants.
The grand finale with the theme ‘Empowering the Youth Against All Odds’ was graced by the presence of Manzoor Moideen, radio fame quiz master and Qatar’s District director-elect, who inspired young minds with his thought-provoking speech. It was also attended by a young keynote speaker Aashna Takhtani, who explained the tricks and techniques to overcome the negative thoughts by her ‘kill those ants’ way.
True to the empowerment advocacy of the programme, two of these youth leaders served as the masters of ceremony for the two-hour event. Some of them delivered motivational and inspiring speeches of various depths deriving from their own personal life-stories and dreams. Another set took the challenge to evaluate these speeches by showcasing their listening and critical thinking skills while the rest participated in a table topics session to test their impromptu speaking talents.
The youth leaders who attended the YLP included; Samantha Keisha P Santos, Aaron Joel P Nepomuceno, Laurence Jean T Villanueva, Princess Denise T Gonzales, Edrick Ryle L Evangelista, Hans Jelo C Magtira, Micole Angeline D Victoria, Hildegard Anne S Alimurong, John Paolo M Benitua, Gabriel Anthony M Benitua, Unica Raija A De Vera, Ethan Joel P Nepomuceno, Ayen M. Llamada, Aditi Pillai, Jazmin Cloei D Pe, Margaret Isaiah G Torio, Alijah Gabrielle B Abrenica, Jean Carlisle Elij Jaucian, Tracy Lalaine B Desierto, Lawrence Gabriel R Mararac, Lila Kasandra Niel P Gabrillo, Fritz Elizer C Cabunilas, Elinor Frezyl C Cabunilas, and Yochabel A Reynes, Sean Gabriel P Arellano.
The YLP organising team was led by Diana May Tangente, Filcom Club president; Joseph Amande, Program Coordinator; and Deepti Potnis, Main Coordinator. It was supported by the module presenters, special task coordinators and mentors namely; Leo Ortega, CJ Rojas, Michelle Macaraig, Stella Sabangan, Philip Cherian, Shyam Sundar, Dennis Mujana, Satish Shah, Vidal Bagas, Rinku Saha (Showcase Manager), Swetha Raghuraman (PR Lead).