World Link’s Public Achievement Leadership (PAL) Program is designed to give all students who participate in it’s activities the basic skills and knowledge needed to start the alumni chapter of their life. The year-end capstone conference, PAL-NYC, is designed to give the students who excelled in each required PAL activity the skills which will put them a step ahead of their peers once they return home. World Link has seen the top ten percent who attended this conference from the last two years go on to be alumni leaders in their home communities. After this year’s conference, we have no doubts on the success of this conference’s third generation.
The 5-day long conference, starting May 3rd, 2018, began with a metro ride to the United Nations Headquarters. This year, participants enjoyed learning what the UN is about and seeing the council rooms where life-changing decisions are made. Following the tour, students participated in an in-depth discussion about the UN Sustainable Goals. This key visit allowed participants to see the important work of this global organization and are now able to identify 17 global issues their alumni projects can help solve by 2030.
During the workshop, participants were trained by special guest speakers; Katie Raitz, Amy Lepp, and Daria Batalova. Katie Raitz, a Public Achievement Leadership trainer had participants start the conference day by mapping out their first alumni project and identifying key contacts and resources in their home community in order to see their project become a success.
Amy Lepp, an energetic world traveler, taught participants global communication skills which are essential to convincing others for help and support of their alumni project through their flawless delivery of an ‘elevator speech’. Participants left the conference with the skills needed to build a team to make their projects an even larger success.
Concluding the conference, participants learned how to apply for small grants in a seminar led by Daria Batalova; a World Link Ukrainian alumna from 2012, who has received multiple small grants and larger non-FLEX/YES related grants to help fund her community service projects such as “Help and Travel” and “Here and Now”. Daria was also a great source of inspiration for all the participants who are now looking forward to starting their alumni journey.
As participants boarded the plane to return to their host communities, they had a clear idea of how to make their first alumni project a success. We look forward to sharing their projects and successes in the future.
For now, we invite you read their reflections of the PAL-NYC Conference:
Thank you to our PAL-NYC 2018 participants for sharing your reflections. World Link can confidently say you all are future leaders of the world and we look forward to highlighting all your achievements.