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Global Citizens ready for ACTION!

September 20, 2010

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    The new batch of Global Citizen Corps leaders during their training in Edinburgh, Scotland for a year of social action. Photo: Sarah Brown/Mercy Corps

Aware of the issues, prepared to take action and keen to make an impact! This month the Global Citizen Corps UK trained our biggest-ever cohort of young leaders!

Brenna — the project youth worker — and I were over the moon when 49 participants attended a two-day training! Delivered in central Edinburgh, Scotland, the training explored what it means to be a global citizen and prepared the young people for their year of leadership training and action-taking.

The training stated with an introduction from two Global Citizen Corps (GCC) alumni who described the journey that the leadership programme had taken them on. This was supported by welcome films created by GCC participants in the USA, Jordan and Iraq.

The first day had a bursting agenda: it covered diversity training, action planning, community mapping, the millennium development goals and consideration of what skills, attitudes and aptitudes it takes to be an effective peer educator.

An important aspect of the GCC is media skills — multi-media postings are a great way for the young leaders across the globe to connect, share stories, ideas and report on the actions they have taken. The second day of training was media focused with trainers from Ethical TV supporting the participants to develop story boards and explore filming techniques.

Next step was to hit the streets! The young folk asked passersby, “If there was a global vote, what should the issue be?” The responses were diverse, passionate and entertaining, ranging from climate change, global poverty to preferred sub genres of techno music!

These new leaders’ first challenge will be to respond to global hunger, particularly participating in an action on World Food Day, which falls on October 16. I for one can’t wait to see what they achieve!