After graduating, the students retain and build upon the language skills acquired at YIK.
As well as improving their reading and writing, we also hope that the children will value the principles of respect, caring, honesty,and responsibility that have been nurtured at YIK. The goal is that the children, by offering their help during YMCA events, will become internationally-conscious people who enjoy serving others.
The importance of cultivating confident leaders of tomorrow is not limited to our International Kindergarten. In fact, it is this investment in our future that is the basis for all our programmes especially our Leadership programme, a programme unique to the YMCA. Graduates of YIK are given the opportunity several times a year to return to YMCA events as helpers, assisting teachers and supporting their younger peers. Who better to help teachers and children than those who have already experienced the events themselves. The Leadership programme begins with returning to familiar events such as Sports Day, YIK Family Picnic, YMCA Bazaar, etc. as helpers and assistants. Then, these young leaders progress to being MCs of Sports Day, the Owl Academy Speech Contest, the Christmas pageant etc. The older they get, the students receive more responsibility and ownership of the events. Thus, the next step is for the students to help with the organizing and planning of events. Finally, once students reach Junior High School, they are encouraged to become Junior YMCA Leaders and are, in fact, registered as International Youth Leaders in the International YMCA database. Overall, our Leadership programme teaches valuable skills that reiterate our belief that our students will become the next leaders of the world.