August 31, 2017  |  

Training Change Agents

I am a Change Agent of the second cohort and was privileged to be a trainer for a part of the third European Change Agent cohort as they had their regional training in Avignon, France. YMCA Avignon is located on the most beautiful site on a hill with a amazing view over the old town of Avignon. I was asked by the world YMCA staff if I would like to be a part of the regional training in Avignon, and how could I say no to that?!

Together with Romulo and Adi from World YMCA and Gerald from YMCA Europe, I led some sessions for the brand new cohort.

For many years I’ve volunteered at YWCA-YMCA Sweden and I’ve quite often led trainings for trainers and I just love to see how groups develop and grow stronger together. From my own Change Agent experience I bring with me a valuable global network and strong long lasting friendships; therefore, it was so much fun to be a part of the new process of building network and friendships.

As a trainer in this kind of context, which is international and the participants have various experience of involvement in our movement, it’s a huge challenge to led sessions that are relevant for everyone. In Avignon I led sessions on environment and leadership and it’s hard to find that balance where everyone feels involved and challenged. My way of trying to find that balance is to play games. I’ve heard that Plato said “you can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation” and for me this has been important when I lead international groups in the beginning of their group process. So we played some games and mixed that with some group discussions and theoretical models. As a trainer for experienced leaders, it’s very important for me to be humble and listen to what i can learn from my fellow Change Agents. And I do really hope that everyone that attended my sessions did get some new perspective or ideas. Or maybe challenged themselves during the games.

I’m truly proud to be a Change Agent because I do believe in the power of young people with power. And after I’ve met a part of the new cohort I feel that my global network is growing and I’m sure that if we allow ourselves to laugh together and get to know each other better we, as humans, will realize that we’ve more in common than separate us and if we work together we will make the world a better place. Every time I attend an international meeting I look around me and all I can see is friends and I ask myself: how could anyone ever judge someone upon their skin color, religion or culture?

Thank you World YMCA and new fellow Change Agents for this experience and I really do hope that we meet again.”

 

by: Sofia Skoglund – Sweden

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