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Celebrating the 2013 Voices of Our Future Graduating Class

The 2013 Voices of Our Future Program has come to a close, but our journey together to empower and lift one another's voices continues.

Over the past six months, 31 courageous grassroots women have made the journey of a lifetime to become empowered leaders and loudspeakers for their communities. They have been emboldened by the powerful connections they have made with one another and with our amazing Editorial and Vision Mentors. The commitment and dedication that we have witnessed is a testament to sisterhood and the transforming power of love.

“Being a Mentor has had an ongoing, positive impact on both my personal life and my professional life. In my personal life, this particular mentoring has certainly resulted in mutual healing and a far broader knowledge of the suffering in the world.” -Sarah Whitten-Grigsby, Vision Mentor

“I am really grateful for the lifetime opportunity of connecting with everyone who has been on this journey. The days ahead beam with so much hope, and I am sure that together, we will turn our world right side up!” -Greengirl, 2013 Correspondent

They have raised their voices on critical issues in order to bring their visions for change to life. From Mexico to Ukraine, from India to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, our Correspondents have courageously overcome barriers and spoken unheard truths. Their words have informed us, transformed us, and inspired us. We will forever be impacted, and this extraordinary group of women will continue to serve as a source of strength for all of us.

Working with our program partners the Global Press Institute and the Op-Ed Project, we trained the Correspondents on the principles of practicing ethical citizen journalism—including how to conduct an interview, write compelling frontline journals, feature stories, and op-eds, produce multimedia stories, and to use social media to support their work for social change.

Correspondents are currently beginning their outreach through the Each One Teach Five module. As they share the knowledge and skills they’ve acquired in the Voices of Our Future program with their communities, we are witnessing the growth of our network. We are excited to watch the impact continue to multiply through the hands of our Correspondents. As the managers of the Voices of Our Future program, we feel honored to have facilitated this experience. Our lives have been enriched by connecting with our global sisters through the World Pulse platform.

Words cannot adequately express our gratitude.

With deep love and respect,

Zoe and Delphine
Voices of Our Future Team

Comments

Ayunnie's picture

A Transformative journey

Hi Del and Zoe,
This was a very transformative journey in my life. I am so privileged to be among the graduants of VOF 2013. My deepest gratitude goes to WP, the mentors, my fellow graduants VOF 2013 and the entire WP membership. I can attest that am have become more confident and action-oriented. Sisterhood forever!
Thank you!

@ Nairobi KENYA
Women have impeccable character, if tapped society realizes quantum leap in development

Mbizo Chirasha's picture

its wonderful to Del and Zoe

Voices need to cascade up and down African , American , European , Far east , Gulf Asian terrains . These voices are superb they need to be viral , clean the cancerous world rotting in wars , corruption ,mutilation , gender disparities ,political and social rot.
Blessed Del and Zoe

Mbizo Chirasha
International Perfomances Poet, Writer ,Creative/Literary Projects Specialist
Founder/Creative Director- Girlchildcreativity Project

EllenWingard's picture

Graduating Visionaries!

What an honor to see the circle completing of this brilliant and powerful community of leaders. Zoe and Delphine speak for all of us - we know that each of you has brought your fierce optimism and leadership vision forward with deep, skillful determination.
You are held in the highest esteem and our WP community is enriched and expanded forever because of you. Here's the fruition of your visions and dreams always!

Love and congratulations,
Ellen

Greengirl's picture

Summing it Up!

Zoe and Delphine,

I say a big thank you and congratulations to both of you! You were in the driving seat and I cannot but acknowledge how both of you ensured that the VOF journey was hitch free.

The journey has been truly transforming, fulfilling and rewarding and I strongly recommend VOF to ALL who desire to engage in social good, and or who are commited to social change. VOF is one journey too many! It brought my passions and aspirations to bear and also helped me realise that the things that unite us far ouitweighs whatever differences we think exists. We only need to take a closer look and spare a thought.

Many thanks to my Mentors- Sarah and Sasha. My gratitude also goes out to everyone who was a part of this journey, the World Pulse Staff, as well as our teeming World Pulse Community members.

Blessings,
Greengirl

WILDKat's picture

Congratulations everyone!

Stories you told, brave and bold, are moving us all to see the world with greater daring, caring, and sharing. Congratulations on completing Voices of our Future. Your future is our future. You are building a tomorrow of greater compassion and connection. I've seen the growth and impact this program makes in developing communities and among emerging women leaders. Thank you for your courage and authenticity! Ripples are gathering outside your pond and we are all dipping in our toes to feel how it would be for us all to live in a world where women were not afraid.

Naturally grateful,
Kat Haber

"Know thyself." ~ Plato

Katherine Okerlund's picture

so thankful

It was such a great experience. All the work that all the participants put was above and beyond and all the stories and life events we saw during this year of Voice of our Future were truly moving. I'll cherish being a tiny tiny part of this awesome movement that World Pulse is, thank you!

Sarah.Happel's picture

Thank you, Del and Zoe

What an amazing experience this has been. You both did a beautiful job logistically and spiritually with coaches and participants alike.

It's been a joy to have been a part of all your successes this year. Here's to 2014 and changing even more lives!

Sarah Happel, Principal
Intercultural Training & Leadership Coaching
www.SpectrumSolutions.eu

Celine's picture

Congratulations to every one

Congratulations to every one who took part in this WP unique amazing journey. Let's keep changing our world for better for women all over.

Love to all

Celine

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