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Through the eyes of the volunteers: Insight II

Updated: Aug 30, 2022

Recently we hosted the first Transformational Leadership Program: Insight II in at least a decade in Aruba.

The powerful 5-day seminar came to a conclusion on Sunday, July 24th, 2022 with a total of 17 participants.

Among the participants were our Heart-Centered Impact Coaches, volunteers, and our staff members. HCLF believes strongly in strengthening and investing in the capacity of those working closely with us, especially being able to mentor themselves before they can mentor others. For our HCICs, this seminar is part of their training trajectory.

In Insight II, we witnessed remarkable growth among the participants as they slowly opened their hearts to learning life-changing tools such as how to let go of the past, communicate from an open and loving place, trust their intuition when making choices, discover their talents and gifts, and love themselves unconditionally. One of the participants is Uchenna Eugene, a volunteer who has just recently completed the program.

Here’s what she had to say about her experience discovering the power of committing to the heart!

All about me

Hello all! I am Uchenna and I am 20 years old. I completed Teen Insight I back in 2017, Insight I Online in 2021, and Insight II in person in 2022. I have been a volunteer with HCLF since 2017. The first volunteer activity I did for them was ACE Program for a MAVO school in San Nicolas one month after Teen Insight where I assisted as a resource group leader. A few years later, I assisted again as a resource group leader during another ACE Program. I was later asked to become a board member for Heart Centered Youth Leaders (HCYL), HCLF’s youth club when it first started. I remember that with two other volunteers I organized and went to a school to promote HCYL. My job was to create the promotional poster. I remember I went to an Aruban food bank to help package food during the early days of the pandemic. My most recent volunteer activity was assisting in the kitchen during Impact Week. I am currently a college student soon who is preparing to leave the island to study in Canada, where I will be studying Early Childhood Education. My hobbies are reading, listening to K-POP music, and watching anime. I try to live life fully and happily by enjoying and noticing the small things in life.

What was it like to participate in Teen Insight program?

Looking back on Teen Insight it was one of the most pleasurable summer vacations I had as a teen. This was because I got tools that helped me with my confidence. I still have a quote my resource group leader gave me at the time saying I am joyful and confident. I look at the quote every now and then and it brightens up my day. Another aspect that I enjoyed is that I had a friend with me doing Teen Insight. I remember encouraging her to speak up and during the last two days, she did. I am still really proud of her for stepping up and doing that. I also enjoyed break time because three male teens played music, most often local Aruban music. The only sad part is that I have lost contact with many people who did Teen Insight with me since they are studying abroad in the Netherlands or they changed their phone numbers.