“Leadership starts from within.” This has been the prevailing mantra expressed by almost all distinguished speakers who have been called on this year to help inspire the youth during the recent ARC Young Leaders Camp (ARCYLC) held at Camp Benjamin in Alfonso, Cavite last February 11-13 2016.
Now on its 5th year and with the theme, “Inspiring dreamers to become leaders,” the 3-day workshop has once again trained 40 chosen student achievers from state universities and public colleges throughout the country to discover their potential to lead and inspire positive change. The lineup of this year’s speakers was composed of some of the best speakers the camp had ever seen in the past four years.
Inspiring the young leaders as the next movers and shakers were Karen Davila, an award-winning broadcast journalist and TOWNS (The Outstanding Women in Nation’s Service) awardee; Efren Peñaflorida, CNN’s Hero of the Year in 2009; Bonn Manalaysay, Club 8586 founder; Kesz Valdez, International Children’s Peace Prize awardee in 2012; Aisa Mijeno, co-founder and chief executive officer of SALt (Sustainable Alternative Lighting) technology; Michael Angelo Lobrin, best-selling book author and inspirational speaker; and Lynn Pinugu, founder and executive director of Mano Amiga academy, Inc.
Leading oneself first, carrying the right attitude, working harder and having integrity at all times were just some of the principles echoed by almost all the speakers during the seminar – many of them backed by the speakers’ own experiences of struggles and triumphs that had brought them to where they are today.
Aside from the pep talks, group activities and workshops for transformative learning were also held which allowed the participants to set goals and evaluate themselves as leaders. In teams named after the values espoused by the camp – Discipline, Teamwork, Resourcefulness and Integrity – the young leaders also came up with feasible action plans for a community development project which they presented to a panel of judges from ARC.