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Siyahamba Issue 21: Leadership & Followership

1. Editorial: Leadership & Followership
2. Book review - The Courageous Follower
3. The Liberia YMCA: How we nurture our membership
4. Reflections on youth mentorship
5. African YMCA Leadership Academy
6. Y-reflect: We are all leaders; we are all followers


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This month's Siyahamba centres on issues of leadership and followership and you can view it on our website or
download the complete pdf here.

Keep moving forward,

The Courageous Follower: Standing up to and for our leaders.

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We are all leaders; we
are all followers

“If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing where would be the smelling? But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as he pleased” – 1 Corinth 12v16-17

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Executive Secretary: Communications, Africa Alliance of YMCAs
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Editorial: Leadership & Followership

As we are move towards our next Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) of African YMCAs where new volunteer leaders will be elected to take up office, it is important to reflect on why, as YMCAs, we focus on leadership and leadership development.


Our recent experience at the Africa YMCA Youth Summit highlighted that leaders are only as good as their followers. We used this story to illustrate this point...

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Book review - The Courageous Follower: finding courage to evolve our followership

The courageous follower coverIt is not often that we are presented with a way of looking at our roles within advocacy work through a new lens. Typically, leaders become the names and faces that represent the courage, sacrifice, dedication and loyalty behind our initiatives and too often, the role of the follower is forgotten...

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The Liberia YMCA: How we nurture our membership

reg1Globalisation, political transition and technical innovation have created new opportunities to improve the living standards of millions of people. There are widespread concerns, however, that people in Africa still face high levels of inequality, environmental decline, lack security and live in times of uncertainty and conflict...

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Reflections on youth mentorship

ricky1Research and analysis suggests that the youth today are, through the growing rate of poverty, greatly susceptible to socio-economic concerns such as substance abuse, joblessness, unhealthy lifestyles, crime and a low sense of self-worth. It seems that many of South Africa's youth have lost faith and have been...

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African YMCA Leadership Academy – realising the dream

The establishment of an African YMCA Leadership Academy in Togo, West Africa, is a bold step forward for the movement, as the Academy is the first of its kind in the African YMCA history. “There is huge need to provide continual concentrated and relevant certified training for staff and volunteers in the movement to ensure that our strategy and programming meets the changing needs of youth development work,” said Simon Lazarre Badiane, Executive Secretary: Leadership & Organisational Development, Africa Alliance of YMCAs...

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