Transformational Leadership though Arts and Theater
The objective of our annual summer leadership retreat, which took place in both Haiti and Rwanda, has been to fuse leadership training with psychological healing by using art as a vehicle to express trauma and emotions in the case of Haiti and leadership in relation to gender norms in Rwanda. This year a total of 108 participants benefited from the retreat: 50 adolescent girls and young women from Haiti who have experienced the devastating effects of the 2010 Earthquake and the 2016 Hurricane Matthew and 58 others from the Education program in Rwanda. Based on feedback, the summer leadership retreat has been the most impactful element of our program in opening pathways for our girls.
As we further develop the program, we aim to transform the 5 day retreat of the Haiti program into a 2 week leadership academy with activities ranging from the literary arts, personal leadership development and languages, in order to offer the adequate skills needed for our girls to rise.