leadership development program?

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My sponsor children are young the ages 5and 8. Is there a chance they could be in the leadership program; when they are of age? What can I do to, help my children work in that direction to being in this program? Thank you for your help!
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Cheyanne Moore

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Debbie Skacel Tovar

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Compassion no longer has a leadership program, other than a few kids that haven't completed it yet.  The age of completion of the regular program has been changed to 22 in almost all countries, in hopes that all the kids will benefit from being in the regular program longer.
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Cheyanne, while Compassion's Leadership Development Program was successful in providing life- changing opportunities to numerous beneficiaries, it was only available to a small percentage of graduates from the sponsorship program. We believe that leadership development is an important part of our Holistic Child Development Model that we want to provide to every beneficiary. While we are no longer enrolling new students into the LDP program and are phasing it out, we have been building on the success of that program through a new approach as a youth development strategy. Through this approach, all children and students in Compassion's programs are offered the local career and job-training opportunities. We are incorporating biblical leadership and discipleship principles into the curriculum and programs that are already benefiting every child through Compassion. The youth development strategies aspire to equip beneficiaries with skills, experience, and education to pursue their individual career goals, become productive members of their communities, and realize their God-given potential. Some beneficiaries may attend university, while others may receive vocational or ministry training. No matter what they pursue, our youth development strategies should do more to give beneficiaries the opportunity to explore their dreams and apply their individual interests and passions into a career or their choosing.

 I would encourage you to keep encouraging your kids to pursue their dreams, no matter what they want to do. Keep loving on them and praying for each of them to do the best that they can in school and in their daily lives. Knowing that someone who they see as a successful adult is proud of them and cheering them on gives them such hope :)! 
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My family and I sponsor a child in the Philippines. She is 8. Like the person who started this thread, I came looking for ways to encourage her regarding long-term goals, just as I do my own children. I am very glad to see that Compassion will offer local career and job training opportunities. I will watch for more information on this program. For now, at what age will she leave the program? 
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Rocky and Tammy, I believe I was able to find your account. Are you sponsoring Hanna? We are so grateful for the long term investment you're making in her! It looks like her best subject is English. Maybe in your letters to her, you could talk to her about what she loves about English! Because she's so young, we don't have an exact date that we anticipate she'll graduate our program. But the maximum age that children in the Philippines are able to stay in our program is 22 years old :). When she turns 12, we'll start to discuss and plan out her future with her even more, especially the next several years she'll have in our program. This will include the vocational training, job-training, and other opportunities she'll have available to her that Sarah talks about above.

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