By Perparim Kryeziu, YES Alumni Coordinator for Kosovo 2010-2012
This summer, alumni in Kosovo were involved in some interesting events and initiatives.
From July 10th to 18th, Perparim Kryeziu ’10 attended the Miracle Corners of the World Youth Leadership Retreat in Burlington, VT for the second time. Perparim served as a mentor for a diverse group of four participants—three were from various parts of the USA and one was from Palestine—during the week-long retreat. Overall, around 40 participants from around the world attended different workshops that aimed to teach strategies on how to successfully formulate their vision plans and implement their ideas in their respective communities. These workshops were led by professional speakers and successful people in their occupational fields. At the end of the retreat, Perparim’s work as mentor was noticed by the retreat’s organizers and he was chosen as one of the mentors of the year along with a mentor from Armenia. This was the first time in the retreat’s 13-year history that this prize was awarded. Perparim is looking forward to next summer and hopes he will be able to attend this retreat for the third time after his “wonderful and amazing” experiences this summer.
Zana Idrizi ’10, a very active member of YES alumni association, continued her commitment to the promotion of the Kosovo Cap Project during the summer months. She is a member of Charity Club at the American University of Kosovo who are actively working to promote the project in their communities and in late summer delivered 50 wheelchairs to individuals in need. These wheelchairs were ordered and purchased after trading a massive ammount of caps collected by citizens who have embraced this initiative. Read more about this excellent project here.
Fjolla Kondirolli ’10 participated in a week-long seminar in Vienna, Austria—the Southeast Europe and EU Leadership Development Programme. She was the youngest participant in the retreat, one of a few proudly representing Kosovo among 35 participants from all around the Balkans. She will attend the second portion of this retreat which will take place in Brussels, Belgium, in April 2013.
Kosovo’s YES alumni are excited and ready for new challenges and projects in these coming months!