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Giving Refugee Youth A Voice

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Giving Refugee Youth A Voice

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by Ida Fazila

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John Lee, Center for Asia Leadership Teaching Fellow sharing tips on persuasive speech to the group of attentive audience.

[/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container][fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”no” equal_height_columns=”no” menu_anchor=”” hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” class=”” id=”” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_position=”center center” background_repeat=”no-repeat” fade=”no” background_parallax=”none” enable_mobile=”no” parallax_speed=”0.3″ video_mp4=”” video_webm=”” video_ogv=”” video_url=”” video_aspect_ratio=”16:9″ video_loop=”yes” video_mute=”yes” video_preview_image=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” padding_top=”” padding_right=”” padding_bottom=”” padding_left=””][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ layout=”1_1″ spacing=”” center_content=”no” hover_type=”none” link=”” min_height=”” hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” class=”” id=”” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_position=”left top” background_repeat=”no-repeat” border_size=”0″ border_color=”” border_style=”solid” border_position=”all” padding=”” dimension_margin=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”left” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_offset=”” last=”no”][fusion_text]Volunteers from the Center for Asia Leadership (CAL) and the Malaysian non-governmental organization (NGO), CyberCare Youth Leadership recently jointly organized the inaugural CAL Community Service program, “Speak Up! We Are Listening” for 40 refugee youth from Syria, Palestine, Pakistan, and Somalia.

Held at Sunway International School, the public speaking training session offered the youth an opportunity to learn effective communication skills which are essential for them to express their thoughts, and build their self-confidence. Poor communication skills are one of the challenges facing these underprivileged youth which could affect their self-esteem and how they interact with other people.

According to John Lim, Co-founder and Director of Asia Leadership Institute, Center for Asia Leadership, the program aimed at addressing the issue with the hopes of enabling the refugee youth to master the skill in order for them to be well-equipped in facing future challenges.

“Our objective is to instill good communication skills in these youth so that they can convey their opinions clearly and engage people’s attention when speaking to the people around them. Developing strong communication skills will give the youth an advantage in school and later in the job search,” said John.

“The youth have so many refreshing ideas and we want them to reach their full potential. Hopefully, they will progress to become active members of the society and inspire others to make a big change in the world,” he added.

Additionally, the alumni of CAL’s Executive Leadership Program participated in the Community Service program by becoming speech mentors. It provided the alumni with an avenue to impart their knowledge and skills to the refugee youth as well as putting their leadership skills into practice.

During the program, the refugee youth were required to prepare three-minute presentations on the topic of their choice. The CAL alumni then guided the youth on how to speak more effectively and articulate their thoughts confidently and persuasively. CAL and its alumni look forward to more initiatives that improve the lives of the less advantaged communities in the near future.[/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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