Central America News
Making a Difference: Your G.R.E.A.T. Legacy -- 2019 G.R.E.A.T. Training Conference
On October 14¬–16, 2019, the G.R.E.A.T. Program hosted its second Central American G.R.E.A.T. Training Conference in San Salvador, El Salvador. This was a two-and-a-half-day event for 236 attendees representing six Central American countries. The conference was presented in both Spanish and English, with the help of simultaneous interpretation and bilingual materials. At this year’s conference, titled “Making a Difference: Your G.R.E.A.T. Legacy,” speakers presented a total of 22 workshops and three plenary sessions, all designed to remind participants that each child is an opportunity to make a lasting difference. Presentation topics ranged from “Discipline in the Classroom” and “Engaging Youth in Public Safety Through Leadership Programs” to “Sexual Diversity Concepts” and “Ethics in the G.R.E.A.T. Workplace.” Attendees also participated in country-specific networking sessions and a hands-on workshop on games to play with students when hosting a G.R.E.A.T. Summer Program.
The feedback from the conference was tremendously positive—the main complaint was that the conference was not long enough.
“This excellent conference is creating a G.R.E.A.T. impact in my personal life. It has inspired me to be all that I can be and to inspire the children with whom I come into daily contact.”
“The information was well-received and renewed my motivation and hope in the work I’m doing.”
“The organization of this event was impeccable.”
Two award-winning youth dance teams from El Salvador kicked off the conference with dance performances. The G.R.E.A.T. mascot, Paxton, made appearances during registration and the closing ceremony, which added to the uniqueness and fun of this event. Our closing speakers, Carlos “Famoso” Hernández (former International Boxing Federation super featherweight champion and the first Salvadoran world champion in any sport) and his wife, sports psychologist Verónica Hernández, emphasized the importance of understanding how to overcome our obstacles to make a difference in the lives of the youth we encounter. Their message was impactful.
To see pictures from the 2019 G.R.E.A.T. Training Conference, visit the G.R.E.A.T. Facebook page.