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Leadership Challenge 2011 April program in partnership with the Ford Foundation

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  • Leadership Challenge April 2011 in partnership with the Ford Foundation
    • We had a very special LC this past April.
    • We worked with a group of students funded
    • by the Ford Foundation. These students were
    • chosen based on their commitment to serve
    • the community and interest in non-profit work.
    • LC was able to provide leadership
    • development to them before they go overseas
    • for graduate studies in their respective fields,
    • including social work, rural development,
    • HIV/AIDS work, women’s issues, sustainable
    • environmental development and other areas.
    • Some of the students were in Beijing before
    • the program to improve their English. They
    • took classes at Teachall English every day
    • except for Fridays; LC organized a special
    • program for them every Friday afternoon.
    • They enjoyed learning specific things about other cultures, such as what life and school is like in other countries, and how to behave in social settings.
    • We had seminars on topics such as Keys to Success , Comparing and Contrasting Eastern and Western culture , Academic Integrity Overseas .
    • We organized an American-style barbecue with salad, hamburgers and hot dogs
    • They had an opportunity to broaden their minds in preparation for studying overseas.
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    • O n April 25, 31 students from all over China met with LC staff, volunteers, coaches, and speakers from all over the world for a week of intensive leadership development.
    • The following is a brief overview of the program:
    • A Life that Makes a Difference curriculum
    • Seminars
    • Cultural Immersion
    • Team Challenges
    • Closing Banquet
  • A Life that Makes a Difference
  • A Life that Makes a Difference
    • Students took part in a course called “A Life that Makes a Difference” where they mapped out their journey of development and were able to look at their lives in a big-picture way. Our speaker was Stephannie Tebow, a human resources professional. Ms. Tebow and the LC coaches helped students to select the important events in their lives and understand how the events affected their development as a person and as a leader. At the end of the course, students gave a short presentation on their journey.
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  • Seminars – Presentation Skills
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    • Besides presentation skills, other seminar
    • topics included understanding your personality,
    • resolving conflict, time m ana g emen t,
    • management and networking in non-profit
    • work, intercultural communication, and stress
    • management .
  • Seminar – Personality & Teams
  • Seminar– Time Management
  • Cultural Immersion
    • One of the students’ favorite parts of the program was cultural immersion night. We prepared a party for the students with a lot of American junk food that Chinese students going overseas wouldn’t be used to, but is common on university campuses: pizza, pretzels, soda, popcorn, brownies, and other snacks. We invited some foreign friends and watched an NBA basketball game with a lot of loud cheering and yelling. We played Wii bowling, had other board games, and some acting games.
    • This helped the students to get an idea of
    • what informal social gatherings might be like
    • in other countries, and gave them some
    • ideas about what is appropriate and
    • inappropriate.
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  • Team Challenges (TC)
    • A big part of LC is learning and doing
    • teamwork. We divided the students into
    • teams, gave them a problem to solve. They
    • needed to think about a solution, and then
    • as a team, present their solution to a panel
    • of judges.
  • Team Challenges (TC)
    • In another type of TC, there was a conflict
    • between four parties that they needed to
    • resolve together. Each team played the role of
    • one of the parties. Each team needed to work
    • together to come up with a strategy, and then
    • negotiate with other parties to resolve the
    • conflict in a way that everyone would win. This
    • took a lot of good teamwork, communication,
    • and persuasion skills.
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  • Closing Banquet
    • At our closing banquet, students shared their thoughts and feelings about completing this intense and challenging week. We presented certificates of graduation and each team took pictures with their coaches. Everyone was sad the week was over but we were all grateful that we could spend this time together.
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    • This April LC program is one of the 3 Leadership Challenge programs in partnership with the Ford Foundation since 2009. Leadership Challenge has trained around 100 students, who were funded by the Ford Foundation to go overseas to study for their Master's degree. Some of these students have returned to China and started to serve their communities.