By Anda Gqwaka
Confidence can never be borrowed. Rather, it is anchored through knowledge of and being steady in who you are. Our mentees recently embarked on this journey at the Confidence workshop. They were encouraged to step out of their comfort zones to share about themselves. It was a space to learn how to confidently express themselves, and their passions. Goals were set for this year as they communicated their desires with academics, expectations and points of growth towards personal development.
It was a kaleidoscope of expressions. Various activities were done which included painting what this space of power meant to them. Each painting was unlike any from their peers and unique. A testament as if to ask where else would this confidence stem from? It is in being different and walking in it confidently. This difference from among the rest is what anchors one to be themselves.
In building on this foundation, we followed up with our Annual Vision Board Workshop. Watching them present their wildest dreams and ideas was a great privilege. It was growth worth noting as those who had begun fearful speaking in front of others, were now sharing their dreams before their peers with such confidence. These vision boards were so different and unique to each mentee. They were beaming as they told their stories of what they envision for the future. Learning communication skills will take them further in achieving their goals, to being successful in their academics and growing in their social and family lives.
Our mentees are on a journey. One that begins with confidence in who they are. One that has a future filled with hope.
As if that was not enough, we build on sure foundations.