On October 28, 2017, the 4-H Program hosted its E2 Workshop Series: Empowering and Engaging Youth on Leadership. Leadership is an important topic when we teach the youth because the 4-H program’s goals is create future youth leaders. Joining our workshop was Ansito Walter, Ph.D., currently a professor here at the University of Guam’s School of Business and the former Governor of Chuuk, Dr. Walter is an ideal speaker as he teaches on leadership ethics to the university and has taught many successful individuals.
Ansito Walter, Ph.D. shared with the youth about his life experiences, and how he has learned that we are first to be leaders in our own lives to be leaders in the community. Through his struggles of peer pressure as a child, Dr. Walter discussed that he made many choices for other people and followed in the footsteps of those that he didn’t agree with. Thus, enlightening him to make his own decisions that would later lead him to Guam speaking to our youth. Dr. Walter spoke on many things in life, but ultimately he discussed the importance of family and respect and education. Stressing to the youth that we are the decisions that we make and to be the best versions of ourselves we must create the path for others to follow.
The 4-H Program closed out the days event by discussing with the youth about leaders in our communities, from Martin Luther King, Jr. to Donald Trump and Governor Eddie Calvo, youth learned that backgrounds do not define leaders, but life choices do. Youth then participated in activities that showed what kind of leaders they are and what their strengths are, and allowing them to share with their peers who they are as leaders and what they can bring to the classroom. Influencing youth today to be leaders of their own lives is extremely important because it will allow them to make the best decisions for themselves. Youth leaders are able to deflect from peer pressure and create opportunities for themselves that allow them to grow through experience and understand information that will help them to be successful citizens, students and members in the family.