PORT Elizabeth-based learners Kayline Terblanche and Lenay Maveline van Rooyen were among the 45 learners from across South Africa and Swaziland who were selected to participate in the 2018 national retailer, Boxer Superstores’, 16th annual Youth Leadership Programme (BYLP). In a media statement, Boxer said the highly anticipated event has become a sought-after experience.“Every now and then, everyone needs a little inspiration as a reminder to follow their dreams and take calculated risks. In wanting to ensure that our bright youth are empowered to make the right decisions and follow a promising path in life, Boxer Superstores partnered with Nedbank to host this year’s programme,” the statement read.The five-day adventure, all-expenses-paid youth leadership camp was aimed at equipping learners with soft and hard life skills. Boxer’s digital marketing co-ordinator Jaded Skinner said learners were required to write an essay in response to the topic, ‘If you had just three wishes, what would they be and why?’. “The retailer received thousands of entries from across South Africa and Swaziland. “Each year the level of essay submissions improve in terms of structure, creativity and individuality,” Skinner said. Skinner said the topic presented this year allowed students the chance to express their inner-most desires and be as creative as they wished to be. “We enjoyed reading each essay and it was very difficult to select the top 45 as there were so many great entries,” Skinner added.“After five days of intense team building, discussions and bonding, strangers became friends and in no time, friends became family. “Each of the 45, who entered the BYLP 2018 camp, left with a new-found sense of self belief, confidence and appreciation for who they are and what they have. “The Boxer Youth Leadership Programme continues to shape the minds of today’s youth into powerful leaders of tomorrow,” the statement concluded.