Youth Leadership Workshop brings groups together in Todos Santos

Youth from Baja California Sur participated in a local leadership workshop aimed at bringing leadership from an abstract concept to a real-life practice.

“The best part about the workshop was that it allowed the students to truly see leadership in action, through the active collaboration between so many different stakeholders,” said Elena Kalahar, who coordinated the program held at the CSU Todos Santos Center in August.

The Youth Leadership Workshop pulled together five volunteers from Universidad Pedagógica Nacional (UPN), the NGO Líderes por Baja California Sur, and Colegio de Estudios Científicos y Tecnológicos del Estado de BCS (CECyTE).

Five volunteers from each partnering organization worked with local youth to showcase leadership as a series of positive actions that could be applied to the students’ personal lives, community, and society as a whole. The workshop was a continuation of a service learning program led earlier in the summer by the Colorado State University Department of Human Development and Family Studies.

In addition to honing valuable leadership skills, each of the participants from CECyTE graduated with a Certificate of Youth Leadership Training at the end of the workshop.

“This experience was so valuable for the participants, the facilitators, the presenters, and the CSU Todos Santos Center,” Kalahar said. “I am so grateful that the Center continues to provide community and asset-driven programs like this workshop.”

About the CSU Todos Santos Center

The Colorado State University Todos Santos Center is the university’s first international location and is core to CSU’s mission of teaching, research, service and outreach.

The Center provides opportunities for CSU students and Baja California Sur residents to collaborate with local partners and businesses to identify needs, conduct research and produce impactful outcomes.

CSU’s vision in Todos Santos is to cultivate generations of global citizens and to be a part of creating thriving communities through collaboration, experience and exchange of knowledge in areas such as agriculture, infectious disease, elementary education, environmental and social sustainability, wildlife ecology, veterinary medicine and public health.