Iraq: Kalar- Mentor Training
On the June 23rd 2012, seven GCC leaders from Kalar participated in a mentor training. These leaders have been participants in the GCC program as leaders for a minimum of two years and will now be tasked with recruiting, training and supporting their peers in Kalar to take action in their community. The training itself took place at Kalar University, inside the English Department building. This intensive training was 5 days long and with trainings taking place 8 hours days, with each day starting at 9 am until 5pm. During the training, the leaders received different lessons about the basic tasks of a mentor, qualities that trainers must have, information about how to send a clear and effective message, as well as provided the GCC leaders with strategies and tips on how to deliver powerful and persuasive public speaking.
Moreover, they learned the skills necessary to design an interactive and engaging training and prepared them to handle some of the challenges they will face when they begin to support their peers. The leaders also learned how to plan for logical, effective, and long term solutions for those challenges. More importantly, the GCC leaders learned to apply GCC’s 5 Step Action Taking methodology for implementing action projects. They totally connected with those steps during the lecture and they learned how to Assess, Analyze, Design, Implement and Reflect on a community service project. The GCC leaders practiced these skills going out in the community meeting people at local restaurants and markets to interview them about their needs and requirements as citizens of Kalar, performing an actual needs assessment of their community. Through the community interview the youth learned how to meet new people and how they can get information while they are explaining critical issues! Their final lesson was on proposal development where they learned how to develop and write a proposal on their own.