Wouter Van Dongen|04.04.2014|News Real stories
Find out how our training programme is developing the young leaders of tomorrow

On March 16, the MTV Staying Alive Foundation invited 11 MTV Staying Alive Grant Winners to Kenya for a capacity building workshop.

The 10-day training, facilitated by our amazing partners from Restless Development, took place against the backdrop of the beautiful Lake Naivasha and was attended by 22 participants (2 from each organisation) from all over the world—including Cameroon, China, Mexico, Romania, Rwanda, and Tajikistan.

IMG_9456The training was the first one of a series of workshops that the MTV Staying Alive Foundation and Restless Development are organising this year to strengthen the management and leadership skills of MTV Staying Alive’s young leaders.

Our young leaders learned everything from developing a strategic project plan and managing budgets to monitoring and evaluating the outcomes of their work.

After 10 exciting and instructive days, the 22 participants left Kenya not only with bags full of new knowledge, but also with unforgettable experiences and new friendships.


Asking some participants what they liked most about the training: Alex and Bogdan from Semper Musica in Romania said that they really appreciated getting to know the other MTV Staying Alive Grant winners and that they were inspired by their stories and ideas. Hyacinthe and Marie-Ange from Rwanda Youth Voice for Change particularly liked the monitoring and evaluation module and were looking forward to put everything into practice once back home. Lina and Juan from ACOME in Colombia said they couldn’t wait to get back to work on their project and share everything they had learned with the volunteers involved in their organisation.

With the right knowledge on board our young leaders are now equipped to manage strong, sustainable, youth-led organisations fighting HIV in their communities.

Want to know more about our young leaders? Check out their projects here.

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