“A HIGHLIGHT FOR ME WAS WHEN WE LEARNT ABOUT VICIOUS CYCLES. THIS MEANS WHEN YOU DO SOMETHING AND YOU DON’T GET THE OUTCOME YOU WANT, BUT YOU KEEP ON REPEATING THE SAME THING. I RECOGNISED INSTANTLY THAT THERE WERE MOMENTS IN MY LIFE WHERE I’VE GONE THROUGH THIS CYCLE. NOW I CAN SEE HOW TO GET OUT OF THE CYCLE. WHEN SOMEONE IS RUDE TO ME, I REMEMBER THAT I SHOULD RESPOND RATHER THAN REACT IN THE MOMENT, AND THIS WILL HELP ME TO GET THE OUTCOME THAT I WANT.”
During the residential, the group did outdoor activities including an obstacle course and high ropes. Kwame was scared of heights before the programme, but he challenged himself and was surprised to find that he could do it. Kwame’s courage has paid off, and his confidence has grown since returning from the residential.
“WHEN YOU CHALLENGE YOURSELF, YOU LEARN SO MUCH MORE ABOUT YOURSELF. IT’S A GOOD THING TO PUT YOURSELF OUTSIDE OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE, AND SINCE THE RESIDENTIAL, I HAVE BEEN CHALLENGING MYSELF MORE.”
Kwame was awarded the Best Young Leader Award at the end of the course, due to the leadership and teamwork skills he displayed throughout.
Prior to Leap’s training, Kwame said he experienced most conflict with his siblings. Now, he understands how to manage this conflict and is getting into fewer arguments with his brothers.
Kwame really benefited from building close relationships with the project workers and trainers delivering the programme, who he refers to as peers and friends. Kwame has already expressed an interest in further training to continue to apply the conflict tools in his own life and relationships.
“I FELT SO PROUD OF MYSELF FOR WINNING THE AWARD BECAUSE I REALLY WENT FOR IT. I TRIED TO BE MYSELF AND TO BE A MODEL OF THE PERSON I WANT TO BE. ”