Exchange BootCamp Program

On the 3rd to the 5th of May, Ignite Youth attended an Exchange Boot Camp Program organized by Young People Mental Health Trust and International Wellness Centre. The event took place in Goromonzi at International Wellness Centre, a full-fledged, multispecialty mental health service destination that provides world-class care. The scenery was beautiful, and provided the perfect escape for not only adventurous activities, but the discussion of important concepts surrounding NGOs in Zimbabwe.

More than 10 NGOs were present, including but not limited to, Ignite Youth, Young People Mental Health Trust, Ruvheneko, Ndinewe, Tree of Life, Angels Palace and Miracle Missions. The program started off with Meet and Greet in the presence of a warm bonfire, which created a lovely ambience as organizations introduced themselves. The Ignite Youth team ‘broke the ice’ through an engaging war cry and communal games, which made everyone comfortable and ready to converse. The next day began early morning with stretching and meditation practices led by Ruvheneko. Organizations presented on their mission and activities throughout the course of the day, which was coupled with Q & A sessions. The main points of discussion were the successes of the organizations and their failures, and ways to mitigate that. From observation, it was noted that many organizations were struggling with funding and creating sustainable funding lines, hence there is need to develop frameworks to assist with this. Organizations were also presented with the opportunity to collaborate, as it was noted that each organization had something to bring to the proverbial table.

The last day of the event was mainly presentations by organizations, with the Q & A sessions being led by Folake Sage of CAPITALK. The program concluded with a braai and card games.

 

The Ignite Youth team would like to extend its sincerest gratitude to Young People Mental Health Trust and International Wellness Centre for putting together an engaging and mind-opening program. The team looks forward to more programs of a similar nature.

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IGNITE Youth Organisation is dedicated to shaping and encouraging young people aged 13 to 29 years to emergence and a life of purpose. We help them realize their dreams, live to their fullest potential and ultimately impact their communities. We’re all about igniting a generation to create impact and change their world.

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