After the Borneo Youth Transformation Lab that happened in March, where we also launched the RLabs movement in Asia, many of the young people in Sarawak in Malaysia were hyped up and ready to start moving and take action to bring change to their community.

Because of what happened during the lab, the birth of a holistic and empowering program for the youth of Sarawak happened. This program is named The Champions. The Champions is an outreach effort to create agents of change among young people whom will drive a positive impact in communities and organizations thus contributing to the nation’s growth.
Basically, it is a champion creating another champion. An inspired selfless youth reaching out to another friend to be inspired and selfless, which in turn creates a ripple effect among the youth community. The youth are not only encouraged to give back to the society, but also The Champions allows them to receive experiences and skills, like Financial Intelligence, Social Entrepreneurship, Social Media for Social Change, Public Speaking, Event Management and others that helps them to increase their own value.

On 12th June 2011, the start of The Champions programme was launched. Thirty young people from all races and nationalities gathered at Swinburne University of Technology for the first session, Champions: Discovery. Here, young people are putting themselves outside their comfort zones and contributing ideas on what the present youth needs and wants are. Instead of asking the usual “What can you do for us?”, the youth are saying, “This is what we can do.”

The outcome of the session were projects like a youth festival to be held for the first time in Kuching, an outreach program that helps underprivileged kids by providing free education and many others. After Champions: Discovery, up next will be Champions : Empowerment Series where there will be weekly sessions that covers topics from Financial Intelligence to Social Media. The first step is taken, now begins the journey of The Champions. “YES WE CAN”

Post provided by: Melody Bendindang (Malaysia)

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