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Before traveling to mainland Ecuador for our fourth module each of our Agents had to present a rough draft of their plans of attack of their social initiatives. The document included key information of why they wanted to do their initiatives, their social importance and a first look of a structured plan that included S.M.A.R.T goals, activities related to each goal and a detailed timeline that would help them organize themselves throughout the following months in relation to what they wanted to achieve.
At 18 years of age Nory is the oldest of our participants and I was expecting her first draft to be slightly more developed that the rest of her fellow Agents. Two days before our trip I was waiting for her in my office. She eventually arrived carrying a blue folder in her hands that contained her plan of attack. She presented it to me and as I read her on I was surprised at the amount of work that she had put on the document. Her answers of why she wanted to do her initiative were inspiring and motivational; she had done a great job writing her S.M.A.R.T goals and her timeline related logically to her activities. I congratulated her for her great job and asked for her permission to use the document as an example for the rest of the group of what we were expecting for their future plans of attack. She agreed and I could easily tell that as she left the office she felt proud of herself and excited of what she had achieved.
Robert Balfour, Program Coordinator – Academy of Agents of Change.