“Being a citizen of two commonwealth nations made me realise the importance of creating lasting value where success is about significant, leaders not only need impactful learning to enrich their lives, but also need to prepare the next generation of leaders which is a largely unexplored factor in individual and collective performance”.
In 2019, Leavers to Leaders had a 10-year vision –YLTL 2030: To run leadership sustainability training, to develop this generation and the next- which is all in line with the Development Goals 4 (SDGs) to improve youth literacy and develop young Leavers to Leaders. We have now rooted the SDG 4 across all our training platforms, including and, in particular, our workshops in not just the practical training programme but in all aspects of our leadership development accelerators for senior & middle management. Through a strong dedication from the top and the passion and energy of Samuel T. Reddy, CEO of LTL Academy, we are now partnering with companies & organisations under Development Goals 17 (SDG17) that understand how the multiplier effect of literacy empowers children, enable them to participate fully in society and contributes to improving communities. The Sugarcane Boy Book Club is a fully sustainable project involving every member of society, from corporations and businesses to young adults, to improve youth literacy while becoming influential community leaders.
How will this club help children in the world?
The Book club promotes a love of literature in a positive, nurturing environment. The club’s objective is to build confidence in young children based on a story of a Mauritian boy who is simple at sight but special on the inside. The aim is also to develop character in children aged 7 to 11. Studies will show that a child’s character is developed up to this age. The club will appeal to many young readers but, most importantly, help children build character, develop confidence and become more creative. The club will bring a new vision to today’s youngsters by encouraging them to take an interest in reading a book. It will help to improve their way of looking at a book and learn the lessons that we can take out of reading, and each book has an underlying theme based around character building.
We want the kids who come from underprivileged families to know that they have the full right to enjoy reading and have a happy childhood too’, says Manisha Kundoo who is responsible for partnership and leads a club in Mauritius.
History of the programme:
Leavers to Leaders is 25 years of work compiled in a seven-step methodology by Samuel T. Reddy, who is passionate about seeing the best in leaders. He is a visionary global leader, leadership transition strategist, author, thinker and impact entrepreneur based in Hampshire, United Kingdom. Born in Mauritius from a working-class family and speaks English, Creole and fluent French. Samuel used his passion to reinvent himself and continuously improve his transitional journey. In October 2023, Alyssia A. Reddy, who is the first-born daughter of Samuel and also the author of ‘The Sugar Cane Boy’ book series took over the running of the clubs. Alyssia is a multi-award-winning writer and currently completing her A Levels.