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Congo Initiative
October 17, 2011

I came to Beni to visit Congo Initiative's program at UCBC with the Service Learning Coordinator, Chelsie Frank. I work in Kampala, Uganda with a nonprofit organization called Cornerstone Development, which works in 'youth leadership development' in East Africa. One of our programs, African Youth Leadership Forum (AYLF) has included students from UCBC who have started their own branch of AYLF on campus.

While visiting UCBC, I immediately recognized the shared values of our organizations and was very impressed with the commitment to invest in young leaders with high potential and high character. The students and staff at UCBC are clearly dedicated to their country and community, with a vision to encourage leaders with integrity, which I believe is a top priority in moving any country forward.

I was particularly impressed with the staff's commitment to continually evaluate and improve their programs. During my visit, I saw their brand new radio station that will be used to educate the community about UCBC's programs, about how the community can be involved in spreading their vision and values, and to give students valuable experience in working with a radio program.

I'm certain that this program will contribute greatly to the positive development of each student and the region as a whole and I look forward to further partnering with Congo Initiative.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

developing future leaders. I sat with a group of students who conveyed to me their vision of working with local communities to create dialogue on voter education, of connecting with other students across East Africa to discuss issues of leadership, and of spreading their initiatives to the surrounding cities. These students showed a very high level of personal initiative and creative thinking with all of these projects.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

further enable the Service Learning program. I appreciate their desire to reach out to the community with voter education efforts, mentor training, community service projects, and other worthy initiatives.

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & I visited UCBC and talked with the students involved in the service learning program.