Toulouse Violet Pilot Cake
For the eighth and final session what the Youth Leadership Program (YLP) groups prepare and who prepares the eighth session agenda/activity/gala is usually a student-organised event. Each one will be completely different: speeches, contests, debate, jokes, etc.
Sophie Tweed, Toulouse, France, Coordinator, shares the first in a series of District 59 experiences Toulouse Violet Pilots (2017-2018). This is an excerpt from her email story:
“We found in the Toulouse YLP experience that the gala was going to be their own definition of the agenda;
We offered them to bring 2 of their friends, some did, most did not but in the expectation that it would empower them to create their evening & convey their sense of belonging to the group.
We were fortunate to be able to use the auditorium of the school, an amazing venue, with a grand piano, red curtains, a true theater venue.
It did convey a sense of exception to the evening (we had been asking for the use of this venue since November) and the YLPeers coming from other public schools were absolutely gobsmacked by the grandeur of the place.
While we were waiting for everybody to arrive to the evening, some started playing the piano impromptly, some started singing along .. It was amazing.
We had clearly said that the gala was going to be their evening to show what they had learnt;