The last week of July, a diverse group of 20 young people from the Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area converged in our capital for Plan International USA’s Youth Leadership Academy. The week was jam-packed with workshops focusing on personal leadership, the Sustainable Development Goals, and a Leadership Development Project (LDP). In true Plan fashion, it also included a lot of fun activities, dancing, games, and new friends. Plan will be working with the YLA participants throughout the 2016-17 academic year to support their LDPs and larger contributions to meeting the SDGs.
Although it was hard, we have narrowed down the week’s activities and are excited to share the Top 10 highlights with you!
1. YLA Olympics – On Tuesday night, 10 high school girls from Pakistan, here for 17 days on an exchange through the State Department and hosted by Meridian International Center, joined the YLA in the spirit of international comradery and competition to participate in YLA Olympics. Teams competed in unconventional challenges to win ultimate glory and some chocolate!