I was honored to be a part of the first YLC trip to go to India since 2014. By partnering with The Big Red Group, YLC was able to hold a conference in New Delhi for 60 students, who came from 30 different schools and four different countries. Once I learned of their diverse background, I was blown away by how comfortable they were with one another, when in reality they did not know more than 1-3 students before arriving at the conference.
The students were so enthusiastic from the very start of the conference, and really threw themselves wholeheartedly into every activity, presentation, and game that we had planned. I immediately knew that these students were different when after the first day, they asked for a shorter lunch time so that we could spend more time working on projects and activities!
I felt a strong sense of pride once day 4 began, which was fully dedicated to public speaking activities. We held a round table, with each counselor hosting a different activity, and the students rotated to participate in each one. There was so much progression since day one in each student’s confidence and public speaking that I knew each one would absolutely crush their presentations the following day, and to no one’s surprise, they each did an incredible job.
Even though the project groups brought students together from different cities and even countries, I am confident that through their tenacity and fervor to create change that they will continue working on their projects well into the next year, and truly make a difference in their communities. I really look forward to the mentorship program that we have in place over the next year, and to receive updates from the students on their projects. These young adults inspired me so much over the week, and I can honestly say that I learned more from them than I was able to teach them.
-Thomas Bassett, YLC New Delhi 2019 Director
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