Daily Archives: June 29, 2007
That faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life;
That the brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of nations;
That economic justice can best be won by free men through free enterprise;
That government should be of laws rather than of men;
That earth’s great treasure lies in human personality;
And that service to humanity is the best work of life.
The Junior Chamber International Sri Lanka or JCISL as it is known better in its strive to create leadership among young people held a training programme on youth empowerment recently.
By Jeevani Pereira
Led by JCI Senator Rukmal De Silva who is also part of ‘Unleash Talent Inc’, the training programme organized by the Kollupitiya Chapter focused on the concept of a hero through the leadership view.
“People say that a hero should be a leader,” De Silva said. “But the real question is that can you create a hero? A real leader is someone who can create heroes,” he reiterated.
With nearly 20 people aged between 18 and 40 from all spheres of management taking part in the programme, unique methodology and interaction was used to create awareness and impact.
“Everyone is trying to be a hero and often you find Managers of company’s hugging onto their work trying to do everything by themselves. In actuality getting other people to do the job is where the real skill lies,” he continued.
The Junior Chamber International which was established in 1914 in the United States came to Sri Lanka nearly 53 years ago. “We are not a charity organization,” spoke Ruwan Senanayake JCISL President of 2007 adding that they were totally dedicated to empowering youth and giving direction to young people between the ages of 18 and 40.
“We have four different spheres we focus on business, community, individual and International,” he continued. “Mostly working on training programmes, we also do projects mainly regarding community and when it comes to business we do programmes for entrepreneurs and HR people.”
During the ceasefire in 2002 the JCISL visited Kilinochchi a largely LTTE controlled area and donated spectacles to the needy. “We won the JCI Community Award that year,” Senanayake said.
Furthermore they had also done a training programme at the Welikada prison female ward as well as donating spectacles for the Opanayake eye centre. The TOYP awards for young entrepreneurs are also an annual event organized by the JCI.
The whole concept for the training programme on empowering youth was suggested by the national president on the same theme, something the JCISL believes is of extreme necessity for the youth of today in order to ensure confidence and improvement of skill. (YM)
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