Emerging Leaders Training

ALARM’s Emerging Leaders training seeks to develop the next generation of church and community leaders in Africa by focusing on teens and young adults. As a result of years of genocide, tribal wars, social and political unrest, displacement, the scourge of HIV/AIDS — all under poor and corrupt leadership, a large number of youth in Africa are coming into adulthood poverty-ridden, under-educated, marginalized and with very limited opportunities for a hopeful future. Many of these young men and women have been unable to complete secondary school because of war, economic hardship, or the need to care for younger siblings. Because of their limited education and a lack of skills, they have difficulty finding jobs. Their idleness makes it easy for them to be enticed to join rebel groups or gangs, or to become involved in prostitution.

ALARM brings together young people from different denominations and tribes to form small groups for discipleship, mentorship, leadership development, church formation, and vocational training. These young men and women grow in their relationship with Christ and each other while they learn skills such as tailoring, carpentry, and auto mechanics which will help them become economically self-sufficient. In some countries, the focus is on entrepreneurship—teaching the young people to successfully start small businesses.

Through the Emerging Leaders Program, ALARM has established two vocational training institutes for formal training in various trades. The Kabuga Vocational Training Center in Rwanda can teach about 50 students at a time in such skills such as carpentry, auto mechanics, welding, and bricklaying. The first phase of Pader Technical Center in Uganda was completed in the spring of 2010. 30Thirty students have been accepted to learn various life skills such as animal husbandry, carpentry, computer science, tailoring, home economics and subsistence farming. An additional 450 youth per year will receive training through conferences on topics such as leadership, conflict resolution, health and hygiene, peer pressure, and civil education.

As a result of severe under-development and poor infrastructure, there are no schools in some of the communities where ALARM serves; particularly in remote areas. This creates significant obstacles for young people in these areas, as well as a sense of hopelessness in their communities. ALARM has responded to this need by supporting the development of Linda Primary School, an elementary school Lietnhom, South Sudan; as well as two secondary schools — The Institute of Women’s Excellence (IWE) in Rwanda and the Hope Secondary School in Lietnhom, South Sudan. These schools provide opportunity to develop Christian leaders from an early age. Leaders of tomorrow are prepared today.