MapleLife Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to educating teenagers and adolescents, held a hangout session for teenagers, with the aim of complementing the effort of secondary schools, families, communities, and the society at large in raising Purposeful, Productive, and socially Profitable Teenagers.
The teenagers, who were randomly selected from some of the various schools with which MapleLife Foundation works, were equipped with relevant knowledge, skills, and resources that will help them become lifelong learners and transformational agents.
The participants were able to learn more about leadership & personal development, network, brainstorm on social challenges and feasible solutions.
Explaining the importance of the hangout session, Executive Director of the organization, Itunuoluwa Omotayo, stated that, “if we are going to experience any serious change or transformation in our nation, we need to start paying a lot of attention to the younger generation who in another 10years (at maximum) will be ready to take up major leadership roles at different capacity within our society.”
She expressed her thoughts further, saying, “without adequate preparation now, there is really not going to be much change, considering that those responsible for the current state of our society also have access to this young leaders-in-training.”
Sharing experience about the training, one of the participants, Faith Adeoye, a student from BOSTOM College, Ikorodu, said, “I had a great experience at the Leadership Hangout. I learnt that personal development is a longtime process of developing yourself. It gives you the opportunity to develop your skills and potentials and makes you outstanding among your peers.”
Halleluyah Olayinka from David hall College, Victoria Island also noted that “I learnt that we need to develop ourselves personally and empower ourselves in every aspect of our journey to becoming role models and leaders.”
The leadership hangout holds every quarter and teenagers are usually drawn from various schools across Lagos State.