This weekend, 45 trainee leaders took part in their first Streetwise by Leadership training weekend of the academic year. The leaders were aged 16-18 and completed the Nationally Accredited Level 3 Award in Sports Leadership with Sports Leaders UK.
The theme for the weekend was “into the future” allowing the young leaders to understand and explore how they could use the leadership programme and skills they learnt for their future.
Throughout the weekend, the young people took part in a variety of programmes which were all led by graduates of the programme and staff members. On Friday night, the young people took part in a Kabbalat Shabbat programme of their choice, and a “How To” Shabbat dinner which ensured that everyone was able to take part, no matter their knowledge or experience.
Friday night’s programme had four activities that showed opportunities Streetwise and Maccabi GB could give them in the future. They looked at becoming a Streetwise Facilitator, coaching and managing at International Maccabi Games, taking part in the Future Leaders Forum with Maccabi World Union and becoming a full time member of staff within the organisation.
One of the sessions over the weekend looked at how to make basic changes to a standard fitness class so that it could accommodate people with autism. The other sessions looked at engaging children, team building with adults in the workplace and how to facilitate a walking football class for 65 – 80 year olds.
They had sports course time where they learnt the core curriculum of their course. Each evening they participated in competitive, fun programming that allowed them to enhance their teamwork and learn new methods to take away for when they lead. They took part in discussions surrounding their Judaism and what it meant to them being a teenager in society. They also spoke about understanding what discrimination is and the effects antisemitism has on a young person today.
The weekend ended with the H2 groups assessments. They used Saturday night to plan the activity and then on Sunday morning they delivered the programme to their peers.
The first group’s brief was to base it around core leadership skills and they created a programme that looked at developing teamwork, problem solving and communication skills.
The second group looked at the theme of Jewish identity and created a Bar Mitzvah programme where participants took part in activities that related to putting a Bar Mitzvah event together. This included looking at the weekly parasha, choosing a caterer and ending with Israeli dancing as one big group.
Yvie Curtis, Leadership Manager said “The H2s set a perfect example for our H1 group that allowed them to step up from being Level 2s. In my welfare and safeguarding session with each group it was great to see how much they had learnt from previous years and how they were able to adapt it to a higher level of learning.”
The Level 1s and 2s will be taking part on their First Residential Weekend on 12th – 15th December.