Host an all day workshop which will accommodate 100 youths between the ages of 7 to 16,both males and females. Sessions in the three disciplines of Karate, Dance and Capoeira will be offered , each running for 3 hours. The youths will be introduced to the basic principles of these art forms and also the benefits pf having the training.
By giving them a first hand experience of these art forms, we hope will spark their interest in becoming a full time trainee and also to become a member of Youth Empowerment Group Guyana (YEGG). YEGG is always on the quest to integrate young people of these communities into positive activities ,as we believe there is a major shortage of youth focus within and in surrounding areas. Once they become a member of our group they would have the choice of being a part of many other programs that may suit their interest.
During the Friday and Saturday preceding the event, our volunteers were scouting going door to door to get children registered for the workshop staged for the 9th March 2013.By foot wearing their t shirts and identity cards, they visited houses along Laine Avenue, West and East front Road and the surrounding areas. Much progress was made as many children were at home during the hours we visited. We distributed the consent forms that
were to be signed by the parents and briefed each parent and child on the expected activities.
On the day of the event, we were scheduled to begin at 10:00am but had a late start at 11:30 awaiting arrival of more children. Our first session was dance which ran for one hour. After which the media arrived to carryout interviews with facilitators and participants. Youth Expressions and NCN news were present to do so. The second session was karate, which ran for one hour and thirty minutes. We then break for one hour so that the children could enjoy the refreshments. Sessions in capoeira began shortly after the hour and a repeat of the sessions
of half an hour were carried out to accommodate those who came late. All sessions were commenced at 4:00pm and remaining snacks were distributed.
A record of the participants were made and further registration for permanent classes were made just before they left. We also requested a feedback from the children about their experiences and their eagerness to inform their peers were evident.
Challenges and Successes
Our biggest challenge which resulted in the postponement of the program altogether, was a change of location and time. The event was scheduled for the 2nd of March, but was put off to the 9th of March because we were informed that we had to change venue due to some unforeseen circumstances. However, regardless of the short coming, the rescheduling served as a booster when it came to gathering youths. There was more time available so we were able to meet our target of 100+ children.
It was also a bit challenging accommodating more children than expected in terms of snacks. We were equipped to cater for 100, but were faced with the task of providing for a little over including the trainers and volunteers, but that was easily overcome by the eagerness of the parents present .They provided the extra snacks in a jiffy.
Last, is the issue of not acquiring the photographs expected from a volunteer? It appeared that they were misplaced and could not be retrieved, so we resorted to using images taken by mobile phones as reference .Which is a bit disappointing.
Personal Experiences and Stories
Due to the high level of professionalism displayed, the success of the project was nothing but a tiny task. The instructors were pleased with the performances of the participants as they felt empowered by their achievements. The children all gave a general response of fulfillment, gratitude and much anticipation of the next event.
Personally I’m happy with the works done that day and one thing I learnt whilst carrying out one aspect of the workshop, dance, is that it doesn’t matter what age or caliber of people you associate yourself with and offer your knowledge to, once the outcome is the same every time that’s all that matters , success.