Celebrating Empowerment: YALI Cohort #2 Graduation Ceremony


On Saturday, February 24th, the Saint John Arts Centre was aglow with anticipation and promise as we gathered for the Young Ambassadors Leadership Initiative (YALI) Cohort #2 graduation. This event marked not just an end, but a beginning – a celebration of the journey of transformation, self-discovery, and empowerment undertaken by a group of remarkable young leaders.

YALI Ambassador Paul Amana opened the event with the land acknowledgment, recognizing and honoring the indigenous land upon which the event took place. This act set the stage for a meaningful and respectful engagement, highlighting the importance of acknowledging the history and heritage of the land.
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Jackson Enoh, the Executive Director of PRUDE Inc., extended a warm welcome to all attendees, emphasizing the importance of inclusivity and diversity in leadership development. His words set a tone of unity and collaboration for the rest of the event, emphasizing the values of respect and community.

Guest speaker Idris Gueye delivered an inspiring address tailored to the young leaders of YALI Cohort #2. His words of wisdom and encouragement motivated attendees to embrace their potential and strive for excellence in their leadership journey, setting a tone of empowerment and aspiration.

YALI Cohort #2 participants showcased their passion and dedication by presenting their United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to the audience. Their presentations highlighted their commitment to creating positive change in their communities and beyond, demonstrating the impact of youth leadership in addressing global challenges.

A moment of celebration ensued as certificates and awards were presented to the graduates of YALI Cohort #2. This recognition symbolized their achievements and served as a testament to their dedication to personal and professional growth, marking the culmination of their transformative journey.

Christine Eruokwu, Newcomer Programs Manager at PRUDE Inc., provided valuable guidance to the YALI Cohort #2 participants. Her insights offered practical wisdom for navigating the challenges and opportunities of leadership.

Ogorchukwu Ugolo, YALI Coordinator at PRUDE Inc., expressed gratitude to all involved in making the event a success especially the guests, volunteers, staff, and interns of PRUDE Inc., as well as funders IRCC and program supporter TD Bank for their unwavering support.


We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Cohort #2 of the YALI graduates. As they integrate into the community, armed with newfound assurance and an insatiable passion for catalyzing change, we wish them the best for the journey ahead. They are not just graduates; they are the torchbearers of a brighter tomorrow.

The Young Ambassadors Leadership Initiative (YALI) Cohort #2 graduation ceremony was a testament to the transformative power of youth leadership and collaboration. As we celebrate the accomplishments of the graduates and reflect on their inspiring journey, we are reminded of the boundless potential of young leaders to effect meaningful change in their communities and beyond. With gratitude for the support of all involved, we look forward to witnessing the continued impact of YALI and the remarkable achievements of its participants.


Should you be acquainted with any newcomer youth poised to benefit from this program, we extend an invitation to them to complete the registration form for the upcoming cohort. The program schedule is available upon request by contacting our Program Coordinator, Ogorchukwu Ugolo at [email protected]. Explore the YALI page for deeper insights into the Young Ambassadors Leadership Initiative — a portal of possibilities and transformation awaiting discovery.

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