We believe young leaders are not raised up in crowds, but through life-on-life mentoring relationships.
Our goal is to equip and mobilize one percent of the world’s population under the age of 25 (30 million students) to think and act like authentic, life-giving leaders. To accomplish this, we must go beyond our own boundaries here in the United States. We want to reach out to students all around the world as well as help their parents, teachers, youth pastors, and mentors connect with them.
Growing Leaders offers international training, events and programs to ignite the leadership journey for students, organizations and schools across the globe. Take a look at some of our past, current and ongoing international projects below.
Egypt and the Middle East
In January 2010, Growing Leaders returned for a third round of training in Cairo. Our team led leadership conferences for students, youth workers and teachers using the Habitudes series. We translated Habitudes Books One, Two and Three into Arabic and printed copies for leaders and students to use all over the Arab world. More than 350 staff and youth workers were trained to use the Habitudes curriculum to equip young people across Egypt and the Middle East. Nader Sameh represents Growing Leaders in Egypt and continues to resource churches and schools.
Plans are underway to return to Egypt in 2013 to continue the work in this strategic part of the world.
Central African Republic
In March 2012, the Growing Leaders team worked in conjunction with several non-profits to host a leadership conference and provide resources for college students at the University of Bangui. This university is the only institution of higher education in the entire country and nearly 30,000 students from around the country take some type of class. The leaders of the university know equipping students with leadership skills is pivotal to the future of their country. The first book in the Habitudes series, which deals with self-leadership, was translated into French and is being used with hundreds of students involved in small mentoring groups.
Growing Leaders has served leaders in Afghanistan since 2006 when our team trained both government leaders and university students in leadership. This was a remarkable opportunity to impact the current leaders of that country, as well as tomorrow’s leaders who will take their places of influence as government officials, attorneys, doctors and business people. The first book of the Habitudes series has been translated and printed in Dari. In the future, we want to print and publish a second Habitudes Book in the Dari language for use in universities, NPOs, government departments and businesses there. The Habitudes resources are a great way to engage the leaders of that nation in timeless, Judeo-Christian values and leadership principles. It ensures an ongoing leader development process that builds healthy, life-giving leaders there.