Female Leadership Community at Ocean Academy in Caye Caulker, Belize

The Ocean Academy Female Leadership community (FLC) is an elective enrichment program that empowers young women to strengthen their leadership skills, while experiencing growth and identity development through the power of sharing, teamwork, and earned success.

Encourage them in becoming a strong, fierce, and empowered woman! A leader for their community! Working with other young women to create a unique community entirely dedicated to their needs.

The FLC is conducted around 3 units: ignite, educate and agitate.

Ignite: Create community through safe space creation, sharing of stories, empowerment rituals, and sistahood.

Educate: Empower young peoples’ minds through the exploration of the unique issues affecting young women today through reading, researching, and journaling.

Agitate: Become empowered leaders through the development of a community-based action project that will ignite and educate other youth and/or the larger community, and share the values of the FLC community.


What we think about RESPECT at FLC.

FLC started the 2nd year with a bang. This year FLC is part of the Ocean Academy elective program.
Since we have some new members in the group our first big topic was RESPECT:

Respect – by Kyra, Xena & Cheyenne

Respect means having manner for yourself and for others. Respect shows appreciation and gratitude towards others.
Respect is making peace; say thank you after dinner, asking with please for your wants and needs; respect is something that you develop as a child and showing a great value or appreciation. It is a strong concept through life. It’s important – it’s valuable – it’s an accomplishment that everyone can earn and can make their goals come through with respect.
With self-respect anything is possible. Respect means obeying the rules, law and family. It’s caring for others and living things such as plants, animals and the beautiful earth. It means respect other’s property. Respect is like a rule that you make for yourself and you abide to it. Respect can lead you to become a successful person. You can reach a long way with it. Everyone should learn respect, because no one likes to be disrespected with bad attitude and hurtful words. With this skill learned you’ll have a lot waiting for you on your journey.
Respect is everything, all life basics that you speak or heard of – having respect gives you a great feeling.

Respect – by Anifa, Anisa & Shania

While growing up; our parents always taught us that respecting others and respecting yourself is the number one priority. As we get older we learn that gaining respect is not as easy as we were taught when we were young.
Now, we must respect ourselves, then respect others – for them to respect us.
What really is respect?
Respect is showing appreciation to someone or something and showing them what they are worth. Respect is important because it develops dignity and shows that you have values and responsibility.