STEP UP REACH OUT SURO - AN INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

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STEP UP REACH OUT SURO - AN INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

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By: Frankly Team

 

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STEP UP REACH OUT (SURO) – AN INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

SURO is an international youth leadership program designed to develop and train young adults in the bleeding disorders community who possess the drive and ability to become leaders.

SURO participants attend two mandatory program meetings held in September and the following March, with an interim project conducted in between the two sessions.

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The program provides participants with the necessary skills needed to become active leaders in their local communities and change the world for hemophilia patients. Additionally, it enables participants to travel around the world and make new friends.

We asked the International Graduates of Step up Reach Out to give us their opinion about the program and why you should consider it too.

“I’ll never be the same after SURO. I learned to be the best version of myself.”Jacob Figler – Winnipeg, Canada

“SURO has inspired me to get involved in my community and make a real difference. I already had goals, but now I have skills to achieve them.”Matthew Coleman – Christchurch, New Zealand

“SURO didn’t cover only hemophilia, but also aspects such as leadership that really helped me a lot. It was a great experience.”Karsten Kirchner – Dresden, Germany

“I am motivated to fight for better conditions of hemophilia care in Serbia. I recommend this program to everybody."Stefan Tasic – Belgrade, Serbia

“This program is changing our world.”Jannik Wilk – Hamburg, Germany

 

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For me, the Step Up Reach Out (SURO) program was a huge and diverse experience...

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For me, the Step Up Reach Out (SURO) program was a huge and diverse experience, and I can freely say that this program equipped me with a wider knowledge of bleeding disorder and leadership skills. Both the formal and informal sides of SURO were valuable to me. In a formal way, I think I completed SURO with an extensive knowledge of bleeding disorders, and in an informal way, I met many new friends with whom I made a social network from which our communities and we may benefit in the future.

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As all participants needed to make a project, I wanted mine to be something specific and unique. My project was organizing World Hemophilia Day (WHD) in 2015 with my colleagues from the Serbian Hemophilia Community. We had a great team working on the project, and I am proud that I was part of it. We received a grant from one foundation, and we made a deal that we needed to give our maximum effort to justify expectations and make WHD 2015 much more different than the others.

The first part of our project was a roundtable. We gathered many stakeholders in our country so that they could have a discussion about the conditions of people with bleeding disorders in Serbia and the associated problems, as well as solutions for solving those problems.

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The next part was connected with the shopping center “Usce” in Belgrade. It is the biggest shopping mall in Serbia, and we chose it because of its traffic and visibility. There, we held a gathering with a big 3D imitation of a drop of blood. The point of the 3D imitation was to attract the attention of people who were in that area and passing by near our gathering. So, they came by and signed a drop of blood as a symbol of their support.

The second one was “Ada Bridge.” We succeeded in lighting it up completely in red as a symbol of bleeding. The whole bridge, which is the most beautiful and one of the biggest in Serbia, was flashing in red on the night of WHD. It was a great feeling to see a structure like that flashing in the color of WHD.

The final part was about the National Assembly. We also decided to “color” it in red. The reason why we chose the National Assembly is very simple – it is one of the most important political and social institutions in our country, and on this day we wanted to send a message to the state, society and stakeholders: Every person has a right to have a normal, highly inclusive life.

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My opinion is that programs and projects like SURO have proven to be very helpful, and all stakeholders need to make an effort to make many more projects like this one.

 

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AN EXPERIENCE LIKE NOT SO MANY ON LIFE

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I began to dream of being a leader in the hemophilia community, so I gave it a try by applying...

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AN EXPERIENCE LIKE NOT SO MANY ON LIFE

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AN EXPERIENCE LIKE NOT SO MANY ON LIFE

It began two years ago

I began to dream of being a leader in the hemophilia community, so I gave it a try by applying for an enriching and educational program which would help me acquire skills to undertake new challenges in my hemophilia community. In order to apply I wrote a letter briefly explaining who I was, my achievements and my goals.

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Months passed after sending the letter for review, and during the wait, I always felt excited about joining this program. I was awaiting an affirmative answer and being accepted, but the response took me by surprise as I did not pass the filter and was not accepted into the program.

I was discouraged, but not enough to not try again

One year later I applied again, and this time I had even more desire than the first time. Hoping to be accepted to the program, this time the outcome was different and I was accepted to SURO LATAM!

Happy I made it, I began this process in Argentina where I was taught leadership skills, such as being a good leader and leading people to make big changes in the community; but the process was not yet finished, not only had I learned how to be the leader, but I also met with great future leaders from all Latin America. I was able to form great ties of friendship and a great family. Ending this first time in Argentina, we set goals and tasks which were developed in the next six months.

It was time to meet again

We had the chance to meet in Panama and none of us was the same; each of us had a different expression on our face, feeling more secure and confident. That led me to think on how we were becoming leaders.

We were completing the training and we had to present the results of our efforts using all the tools acquired in the two meetings. This process did not finish that day; in fact, it continues even through today. This opportunity showed a new reality to us, a reality which we must seize to make us notice our communities and improve our quality of life.

Today I am a SURO LATAM grad, proud to have been part of this process that showed me that sometimes we can achieve great things with persistence.

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