Council officers from Elementary, Junior and Senior High Schools and Higher Education participated in the first Southern Christian College – Leadership Encounter and Training for Students Governance and Organization (SCC – LETS GO) at the SCC Nature Farm last July 25-27, 2023.

The first batch of SCC – LETS GO alumni was named Batch Buglawon: a portmanteau of Bughaw and Bulawan, the colors of SCC, and Bagong Henerasyon, which represents who the young leaders currently are. Batch Buglawon was sought to mark the new era of leadership in SCC and, as a fresh generation of SCC stewards, the pioneering group of SCC LETS GO aimed for innovation in enhancing the quality learning environment of students in order to contribute to the holistic growth of every SCCian.

In her keynote speech, Fire Officer 1 Julienne Sheen Fresnoza of the Kalamansig Fire Station kick-started the three-day leadership training with a question to the participants, “Do you believe you have the power to shape the world?” The SCC and SYLC alumna also emphasized that Faith, Service, and Character are not mutually exclusive but rather intertwined.

“Let your faith guide your service and let your service shape your character,” Ms. Fresnoza added.

The SCC-LETS GO engaged the future leaders in plenary discussions on essential skills for becoming a leader, such as minutes taking, the parliamentary procedure, and careful use and dissemination of information; a series of team building activities which put to the test the different values of the participants such as collaboration, compassion, humility, and honesty; and a night of solidarity and fellowship as the young leaders showcased their skills.

A panel talk on the essence of leadership also convened in the said activity. The three panelists were from different paths of leadership, but all were alumni of SCC: Mr. Jerome F. Ferenal, Ms. Sittie Kryslim B. Fadera, and Mr. Glenn Arimas.

At the close of the leadership encounter, Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Neyrma N. Cabatac noted a dialogue from a superhero film as a challenge to Batch Buglawon, “with great power comes great responsibility,” as she emphasized the responsibilities that come with the positions the council members are in as well as the significance of being elected to one’s particular position.

Meanwhile, Director of Students Affairs and Service Lerry T. Cabalinan, in her closing remarks, reminded the participants that after five years, a novel leadership training has been in fruition following the previous SCC Young Leaders Congress (SYLC). This proves that, through the SCC LETS GO, Southern Christian College upholds the critical role of leadership in the community as it continues to hone community leaders. | via Southern Collegian