Young Women in Sport Leadership Camp Round 3

Women Win just wrapped up its third Young Women in Sport Leadership Camp, November 10 – 20, 2014 in The Netherlands.

The camp was a two-week event during which Young Leader Fellows (YLFs), up and coming female leaders in sport for development organisations, learned about and engaged in Digital Storytelling followed by leadership and mentoring activities focusing on the intersection of leadership, sport and communication and negotiation. The YLFs, between the ages of 18 and 30, came from Women Win partner organisations in Zambia, Kenya, Uganda, Nepal and India. 

Through Digital Storytelling, YLFs furthered their leadership by learning valuable ICT skills and creating their own films addressing the topic of how sport has had an impact on their life. The young women learned how to edit sound and photos and compile a video using music and sound effects.

The YLFs were also matched up with international mentors, professional women from diverse fields. Mentors joined the young leaders the second week of the camp, which focused on leadership activities and set the foundation for the year long mentoring relationship. Mentors and YLFs practiced using their voice, communicating to inspire and discussed the importance of interest-based negotiation. They prepared Individual Development Plans and brainstormed Community Change Projects, to be implemented once YLFs return to their communities.

On the last day the YLFs met with local youth and exchanged experiences and ideas. The YLFs led play-based activities and talked about the ways in which they use sport as a tool for women's empowerment at their organisations and in their communities. They also presented their stories to the group during the Young Women in Sport Film Screening in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

This Leadership Camp and the year-long Mentorship Programme are part of the Building Leadership in Young Women Through Sport Project funded by DFID, with support from the European Union and the Erasmus+ Programme.