by Father Rolvin D'Mello

MUMBAI, NOV 7, 2016: Nearly three hundred and fifty youth from different slum pockets of Mumbai, attended the Youth Leadership workshop entitled "Steering Towards Empowerment" organised by The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS) at Don Bosco campus in Matunga on November 5.

The youth in attendance were children of the women from the self-help groups that DBDS works for. The workshop began with icebreaker sessions, which helped in creating an atmosphere full of energy and enthusiasm. 

After this initial warm-up session, the prayer service and welcoming of the gathering took place. Father Anthony Goyal enlightened the youth by speaking about the life of Don Bosco and his work spread across the globe. 

Jyoti Tanna, Founder Trustee and Chairperson of Each One Teach One Charitable Foundation, was the chief guest for the day and motivated the gathering by asking them to 'dream big'. 
She also gave them practical guidelines on how to be good leaders in life's daily situations. "We have already started dreaming - infact even dreaming in the day about our future," Rahul Jadhav, a participant, said.

The group was then divided into smaller sub-groups. Ten experts from the organisation Magic Bus animated each group on communication skills. They used fun activities and games to bring out the desired output.

It was a first-of-its-kind experience for the youth. A participant said, "It was a unique experience, thrilling and yet a moment of learning – Don Bosco Development Society must conduct more of these workshops".