Summer Youth Facilitation Institute Reflection: Mohamed Koko

This was my first year as part of SYFI (Summer Youth Facilitation Institute). And it was also my first year learning a whole lot in such a short period of time. I had one of the most amazing and thoughtful summers I’ve ever had.

I was able to learn a lot about:

  • Nonviolent communication
  • Plants and plant life by working in the garden at the Gandhi House
  • How to understand people when they are facing and going through conflicts
  • How to facilitate and lead different activities

An example of that would be practicing leading the morning circle then leading it again for the students from Columbia and Iraq. These were all great values and lessons that affected my understanding of what nonviolence is.

I was also able to understand that nonviolence could mean:

  • Being nonviolent and peaceful to plants and animals and not just humans
  • Trying to understand / respect people’s opinions even when i don’t agree with them

One of my highlights of this Summer here at the Gandhi Institute was going to the canoeing trip with SYFI and some of the Gandhi staff. It was very challenging for me but I thought it was fun to try something new and turn a challenge into a fun experience.

I am looking forward to trying to use what I learned in different fields and situations such as at home with my family or at my school. An example of that would be solving problems or disagreements between me and my brother in a more productive way.

I had a great summer here at the Gandhi institute and I’m looking forward to what’s next.