By Leyman Publications
‘Women Aspire’ a Manchester based organization last week Saturday, the 27th of October 2018 organized what they called an Empowerment Seminar for the Youth in Manchester. The Seminar was well attended with over 60+ youths attending from Wythenshawe, Bolton, Oldham, Stockport and Manchester. The seminar was held at St. Thomas in Ardwick Green.
The objectives of the seminar were two fold:
(1) Raising the Youths aspirations so that they can expect great things for themselves by developing a winning mind-set by doing away with beliefs that do not serve them and replacing these with beliefs that will enable them see themselves rightly. The Youths were encouraged that focus and determination is required of them and they need to be relentless in their pursuit of their dreams.
The youths were given a check-list to gauge themselves in the following areas (i) the company that they keep, (ii) how they use time. Mrs Tikha Chimpango, Ms Malumbo Chanda, Bolaje Adenuga and Ms Annie Chisambo tackled the above objective in their presentations.
(2) Exposing the Youths to possibilities in life. Three professionals namely Mr. Temwachi Kalua who is a chemical engineer. Dr. Aubrey Makhalira who is a neonatal consultant at Preston Royal hospital and Miss Faith Kachitsa who freshly graduated with a law degree from Preston University and ic currently pursuing a Master degree at the same institution in order to become a detective shared their stories and reasons they went for those particular professions. They also shared what is involved in their day to day work life.
The Youth were encouraged to go for their dreams as Dr Benjamin Isaiah Mays said, ‘It must be borne in mind that the tragedy of life does not lie in not reaching your goals, the tragedy lies in not having any goals to reach. It is not a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream. It is not a disaster to be unable to capture your ideals, but it is a disaster to have no ideals to capture. It is not a disgrace not to reach the stars, but a disgrace to have no stars to reach. They were also advised that in life all things are possible just as the bible says as long as one is willing to put in the work that is expected and required.
To spice up the event the young prospective leaders were entertained to music by upcoming talented artist who came all the way from Bradford; Yusuf Chikoko Jr. Taking it from the reaction of the audience when he took the stage, the boy has potential of becoming a renowned UK saler artist.
All in all the Youth Seminar was a success shown by positive feedback received from some of the parents whose comment have been anonymised and are below;
(i) Thank you so much for doing this to our children. They had a fab time.
(ii) Thank you so much, my child enjoyed the sessions. Faith ……such a fab role model. Looking forward to the next one.
(iii) Thanks for organizing such a meeting for the youth. God bless you all and looking forward for more to come.
Finally, as it is always at women Aspire events’ there had to be food somehow and Ruth’s Super kitchen did a wonderful job by providing a wide range of delicious snacks and drinks.
Women Aspire’s objectives is to serve, impact, teach, build, motivate, prepare, embrace, empower and encourage women. This will be implemented through workshops, conferences, seminars and afternoon tea & table talks. Although its name suggests that it will only serve women, but the plan is to cater for all including men and the youth, in other words the organisation will be very inclusive in its delivery.
Areas of operations will include; mental/ physical/emotional/ physical health, marriage issues, relationships in general, education, career advancement, girl empowerment, business, children/ parenting and finance management. Most women in the UK have no avenues where such issues as outlined are addressed, therefore this organisation has been formed at the right time to help them.