My story by GYCO Academy's artist Alwi Thomas Vava

Initially, I was doing my art work just to earn a living mostly to feed myself by making paintings that appeal to tourists, however, when I joined GYCO Academy, I set my goals and got myself an accountability partner,who enabled me to stay focused. Through mentoring from International coaches,and art experts at GYCO Academy,I am able to participate in the YAA Young Art Auction in Vienna Austria where I now have clients including United Kingdom and beyond. Further GYCO Academy provides me with a platform where I can carry out community outreach programs, where i am able to meet and inspire other youth from post-war region of Northern Uganda,who are passionate about art. I continue to perform at bigger events in Uganda for instance at Knowledge City Kampala conferences, East Africa has got talent and many others.

I am so happy and grateful since earnings from my paintings and performances enabled me to occupy a bigger studio space, in Gulu Town, pay for the education my siblings, and live inline with my goals, dreams,wishes and aspirations.

Lastly I strongly believe that with a positive mindset, everything is possible. For more information kindly contact my manager, Mr. Edward Otika(+256775284429)

GYCO Academy's AKELLO BRENDA tells her story

A footballer with GYCO Academy Girls Soccer Club. My name is Akello Brenda, I am 21 years old and I am a third-year student of Gulu University pursuing Bachelors of Science in Food and Agribusiness. I love sports so much and I am so passionate about it especially when it comes to football. Most people look and football as a game for the males not females due to cultural beliefs but to me, it’s a talent and a game that helps improve health and prevent certain illnesses as it is a form of exercise.

I used to play for pleasure as others do but did not have a reason as to why I always play. When I joined the GYCO Academy soccer club, everything changed to me because, at GYCO Academy, you not only discover your talent but also other hidden potentials within you. Through the goal setting sessions and personal development training, I have gained self-confidence, improved on my leadership skills, public speaking skills and I am living a life I deserve to live. In short, I am becoming the best version of myself.

Above all, as the Team Captain of GYCO Academy girls soccer club, I am so grateful to Global Youth Conference (GYCO) Academy, and the GYCO Academy staff for the dedicating their time and efforts in training, motivating and guiding us to work hard at achieving our dreams. I also would like to appreciate them for forming the soccer club which has greatly improved the lives of so many girls who had a passion for playing football but were not given the chance to express themselves. The soccer club has helped us to gain confidence and develop football skills. Through the soccer club, we have also improved our health and fitness; we have learned the importance of teamwork and above all self-love, discipline and unity.

I encourage other girls to join the GYCO Academy Girls Soccer Club because the club is like a family where everyone is encouraged to follow their dreams and live up to their full potential. GYCO Academy Girls Soccer Club is the place to be if you want to boost your confidence and become a better person.

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