‘Leadership Skills for Vulnerable Youth’, Khmer Times

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PHNOM PENH (Khmer Times) – Children from the garbage dump in Phnom Penh are improving their leadership skills by studying at a program courtesy of the Cambodian Children’s Fund (CCF).

At Sisowath High school last Thursday, CCF, a foundation working to help improve the situation of poor children at the garbage dump and in the general community, organized the 2nd Annual Youth Leadership event, bringing together over 360 CCF students to learn and share their leadership skills with each other.

The event, which was led and organized by CCF youth, helps young people develop their leadership skills by playing leadership games and participating in group-leading activities.

CCF’s founder, Scott Neeson, said CCF’s philosophy is to promote leadership skills in addition to providing education that will change the future for Cambodian children. “I want these kids to become strong leaders, top students –  they have to understand the emphasis of community, responsibility, family values and understand the issues that affect Cambodia. That’s how I recommend making Cambodia even better.”

Many CCF youth have been to exchange programs abroad, including to the United States, to learn from leadership programs and they have returned to share their experiences with their community, following the goals of CCF.

“Leadership is very important to inspire the next generation. We need to have more young leaders in our society, so they can urge the youth to improve,” said Ms. Sina, an 18-year-old CCF student who was previously a scavenger. She undertook a trip to the U.S. last year under the youth leadership program.

“If we want to see society improving we need to improve leadership skills too and not only improve education alone,” said Ms. Sina.

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