Magic Moments Foundation Youth Leadership and Business Camp
You’re probably familiar with the term ‘Feed a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a life time’. Sometimes life gets really tough, people need help and they just need to be given the fish.
Wherever possible I aim to provide people with the fishing rod and then coach them to learn to fish for themselves. As a firm believer in empowering people to help themselves, it is a theme that has strongly influenced my career choices, first as an Occupational Therapist and then as a Coach and Trainer.
I recently put on my winter woollies, braced myself and headed off for a week of ‘fishing’ in Colloroy, NSW. I was off to crew for the Magic Moments Foundation Youth Leadership and Business Summit camp for children aged between 13 and 17 years of age. Over 200 children attended, a number of them travelling from 6 international destinations.
As part of the volunteer cohort, it was my job to get up at 5:30am each day, motivate the teens to drag themselves out of bed to brave the freezing temperatures for either early morning boot camp or yoga. And that was just the start! The days were full of fun, thought provoking activities, presentations, challenges. There was plenty of laughter and tears and sharing vulnerability in the most amazingly supportive environment imaginable.
Building Tomorrow’s Leaders
The 6 day jam packed program was all about building tomorrow’s leaders; self-leaders, leaders of their communities and beyond. Teenagers were empowered by being up-skilled in the real life skills they don’t get to learn at school. They were introduced to insights and information on entrepreneurship, business, share trading and property and most importantly, the mindset and way of thinking that they need to be successful.
One of the highlights for me was a 20 year old past participant, who spoke about how he became an entrepreneur at 13. He started his first business by connecting tutors remotely to dyslexic students experiencing learning difficulties (just like himself). A number of successful young (and not so young) business owners, share traders and property investors presented to this eager group, sharing their experiences of how they started out and became successful in their own business pursuits.
These young adults were being presented with the opportunity, through the 6 day program, to stop and reflect on their life journey. To think about where they are now, what is most important and how well they are driving their own destiny towards the things that really matter. The focus on strongly building their growth mindset and a ‘can do’ attitude was empowering them to become the real leaders of tomorrow.
The Motivators for Success
I watched and listened with intrigue. I heard that for some it was a goal to become a significant political leader. For others it was about starting to believe that with effort and focus, they could achieve the grades at school to get into courses of their dreams. And for others it was building sufficient strength and courage to not just survive environments of rejection, neglect and deprivation, but to rise above them. To take the action rather than allowing circumstances to dictate their destiny.
I sat there pondering… “would my life have turned out differently if I had heard in my teens what these youngsters are hearing now?” I will never know. What I do know is that if you are never exposed to new information, you can never act on it. And if you aren’t surrounded by people with a ‘can do’ attitude, you are less likely to take the action required.
How amazing it was to be a part of such a positive, practical and life changing program.
This program was inspiring, the kids were inspiring and the presenters and support volunteers that made it all possible, were even more inspiring! This was a week of human beings coming together to learn, share, support one another to grow and to create new beginnings and new meanings.
These camps are an annual event. If you are interested in sponsoring a teen or know of any 13 to 17 year olds who could be interested in attending, you can find out more by either sending me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting the Magic Moments Foundation website.
Hi there! I’m Jacqui Snider and I’m here to help you and your business grow and flourish.
As an Occupational Therapist and Workplace Culture Coach and Trainer, I am passionate about helping individuals and organisations develop better home and workplace practices that everyone enjoys being part of. With more than 35 years of coaching experience, I have personally coached and trained in excess of 350 leaders, bringing about transformational change in both individuals and teams.
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