February 26, 2009
The United Nations Department of Public Information held a Communications Workshops for NGOs on February 26, 2009. The Communications workshop was an excellent experience for me! Since I am majoring in communications, the workshop was beneficial to me because it helped me to develop and improve my communications skills. As a Levermore Global Scholar, I found it interesting because I learned more about community work and met a diverse group of people with different perspectives.
The first part of the workshop focused on volunteerism and ways to attract to and retain young people in the Non-Profit sector. Through discussions and group activities, all participants were able to express their opinions and to learn something useful. The second theme that was brought up in the workshop was receiving feedback from one’s audience/target group through different types of surveys. Simply said, the communications workshop focused on how to attract new followers, and at the same time, gain feedback from the audience in order to do work more effectively.
The best part about the communications workshop was the chance to interact and connect with other participants. I met exchange students from China, a founder of an NGO dedicated to helping girls in Ethiopia, a veteran from the Black Partners movement, and many other fascinating people. I believe that the workshop helped me enrich my college experience by letting me meet those incredible people who have dedicated their lives to helping strangers and eagerly shared their experiences with me. As I learned from my experience in Levermore Global Scholars program, listening to others’ opinions and constantly trying to improve your own leadership skills are central to achieve any goal.
Written by Liliya Veleva ‘12