Leadership training begins for select student leaders

Some of the high school students that are attending the three-day annual Youth Leadership Training at the Gov. H. Rex Lee Auditorium in Utulei that began yesterday morning. [photo: Jeff Hayner]

The Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs (DYWA) in partnership with the Department of Education (DOE) began a three day “Youth Leadership Training” yesterday at the Gov. H. Lee Auditorium with the theme “Spring of Resources.”

Deputy Director for the DYWA Pa’u Roy Ausage said crafting and implementing of all youth development projects are based on four pillars; “Spiritual, Education and Training, Health & Sports, and Culture & Social”.

He explained that Youth Leadership training is an area that has been developed by the DYWA and DOE since 2010 and officers of the student body, senior class, and national honor society from all government and private high schools participate, as well as officers of the Student Government Association from ASCC.

The DYWA Deputy Director said this training is held every October to coincide with White Sunday and the celebration of the importance of children in our Samoan community. 

“DYWA and DOE selected student officers from all high schools due to their leadership roles in their respective schools and the need to develop their leadership skills” he said.

The leadership training kicked off yesterday and will be completed on Saturday, November 3.

The first two days included presentations on various leadership training components by selected professionals from the community who have worked, or are currently working with young people, such as Maria Tuato’o, Ethan Lake, Dr Faofua Fa’atoafe, Dr Repeka Nu’usa, Representative Taotasi Archie Soliai, Mrs Rosevonne Pato, Mrs Magdalene Augafa-Leauanae and Joey Cummings.

The third day is the review of the draft youth policy to be held at the DYWA conference room.  The youth policy is a requirement of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community for all Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICT’s) to assist in guiding youth programs in addressing youth needs.

Since the inception of the youth leadership training in 2010, there have been requests by DOE school administrators and staff for a second training during the school year to discuss best practices in leadership within the schools. 

Pa’u said the second section of the leadership training will be held on January 30 and 31, 2013 and this leadership training will be held twice a year beginning in 2013.

During the training yesterday the students heard DYWA Director Leiataualesa Leuga Turner speak on the definition of leadership, Mrs. Maria Tuatoo conducted a power point presentation on Motivation, while Ethan Lake spoke on the importance of teams and teamwork.

Dr. Faofua Faatoafe conducted her presentation on Time Management and Dr. Repeka Alaimoana-Nuusa spoke on Change.

Today, Representative Taotasi Archie Soliai will open with a presentation on “How to Start a Conversation”. Mrs. Rosevonne Pato will speak on Goal Setting and Decision Making, Mrs. Magdalene Augafa-Leauanae will present on How to Develop a Workshop while Mr. Joey Cummings will present on “How to Conduct Effective Meetings.”

Pa’u said on Saturday, a group of selected participants representing each high school will review the draft and make recommendations to be submitted to a Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs committee, which will review the draft before finalizing the territorial youth policy for launching in mid-December.


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