Empowering the Next Generation of Leaders : Westford YBLP

The Youth Business Leadership Program (YBLP) is a unique and exclusive online program offered by Westford University College as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project. It is designed specifically for youth aged between 14 -19 years old, including high-school and university students worldwide, who are key players and the future of tomorrow.

In today’s fast-paced world, organizations need to keep up with the current competitive market and future trends to achieve their vision. Therefore, participants in this program will be challenged to learn and unlearn some of their current practices to enhance their leadership, personal, and entrepreneurial skills. This will position them for growth and prepare them to manage change, uncertainty, and complex dynamics, ensuring successful personal growth.

The program is a four-week online journey, with each week focusing on different topics and featuring different speakers who will enhance the participants’ learning both personally and professionally. Effective decision-making skills are crucial for leaders, but ensuring a successful learning experience is equally important. To ensure maximum realistic applicability of the acumen, framework, and insights that leaders can take away, the program has been developed using sequential learning.

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What’s more? – Scholarships!

Rewarding outstanding performance by YBLP Participants! Westford University College is taking its commiting to make education affordable one step ahead by providing SCHOLARSHIPS. YBLP Participants will be provided upto 80% scholarship based on their individual evaluation. The aspiring students can choose the graduate program of their choice for this scholarship.

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    About the Program:

    The Westford YBLP is a meticulously curated program that caters to the ambitions and aspirations of today's youth. In the face of the pandemic-induced communication challenges, this program provides a platform for students to engage in skill-based activities, collaborative learning, and blended social interaction with peers from around the world.

    The program's current focus areas include Personal Branding, Digital Toolkit, Decoding Entrepreneurship, and Building Leadership, and the program features renowned industry experts from around the world who lead in-depth discussions on these topics. These sessions not only enable students to network and learn from game-changers in their respective fields but also provide them with a vision of their future selves.

    Through these sessions, students gain a better understanding of their present and uncover their sense of purpose, which empowers them to make informed decisions about their career paths. Parents can also monitor their child's progress and get a sense of their growth during the one-month YBLP online program.

    This highly interactive four-week course has been designed to prepare students for the requirements of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and equip them with the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in the coming years. The YBLP ensures that students not only learn but also grow and develop during the program, making it an invaluable experience for all those who participate.

    Participant Demographics

    Youth Business Leadership Program (YBLP) Speakers Profile

    Jasmine Navarro CPCC, ACC

    Topic : Personal Development Plan

    Expert Family Coach, Passionate Teen Coach, Experienced Youth Coach, Founder of NAVA
    Jasmine Navarro CPCC, ACC
    Jasmine is the founder of NAVA, a coaching firm dedicated to assisting teenagers and young adults in reaching their full potential. She provides preventative tools to them to boost their confidence for them to reach their goals. Teens in Jasmine's Coaching develop a skill set to achieve the following goals: increased emotional awareness, confidence, and healthy self-esteem, overcoming bullying online and dealing with peer pressure, the art of expressing and sharing feelings, discovering, and enhancing talents in a fun and unconventional way, personal and academic goals. She takes a real, creative, and multi-disciplinary approach to help teenagers, as well as their siblings, parents, friends, and teachers.

    CA. Dr Harsh Patel

    Topic : Leadership Launchpad; Making of a Millennial Leader

    Founder and Global CEO- Water and Shark Top 100 Great People Manager 2020 by @Forbes India @Great Manager Institute
    CA. Dr Harsh Patel
    CA. Dr Harsh Patel is a founding member and the Global CEO of Water and Shark. Since 2012, he has steered the firm beyond borders, paving the path for its presence in India, the United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Canada, and the United Arab Emirates. Proficient in Tax, Auditing, Corporate Compliance, Real Estate Transaction Advisory, Start-Up Venturing, and Strategic Advisory, he has built the ideal platform via the organization for various CAs, CPAs, and professional companies to gather in one location and flourish on a worldwide level.

    Aadil Kadri

    Topic : Leading through finances; financial health matters too.

    Human Certified Financial Advisor, Professional Speaker, Financial Coach and Author.
    Aadil Kadri
    Aadil is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) from the Financial Planning Standards Board (FPSB) in India, the highest level of certification available in the world, in the field of financial planning. He has over two decades of expertise in counselling, individual customers on financial planning based on personal and professional objectives. Aadil is also a qualified and lifelong member of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) in the United States, which represents the top 5% of professional financial advisors worldwide. He is additionally the author of the book "3 Steps to Financial Freedom," which is available on Amazon, Kindle, and Google Reads.

    Tess Pereira

    Topic : Handling conflicts

    Performance and Transformational Business Coach| Talk Therapist, Tess Pereira Coaching
    Tess Pereira
    Tess is a highly sought-after Performance and Transformational Business Coach in the UAE, with over 15 years of business experience. She provides outstanding corporate executive training as well as professional facilitation of workplace health and wellness activities. Tess is a Certified NLP Business Practitioner and Life Coach certified by the Society of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Dr Richard Bandler (Co-Founder of NLP), and she has a Counselling qualification from The Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB). She is deeply committed to assisting individuals in becoming the greatest versions of themselves, both professionally and personally. Tess accomplishes this through a combination of talking therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, and the provision of individualized tools and methods for personal growth and development.

    Matteo Boffa

    Topic : Firechat with a young leader.

    President at Swiss Business Council, Abu Dhabi
    Matteo Boffa
    Matteo is a 30-year-old Swiss Social Entrepreneur who has decided to change radically his life, stepping out of a comfort zone in the field of finance and immersing himself in the world of sustainability. His passion and determination to make the world a better place led him to collaborate and work with various international activities and organizations for the promotion of the circular economy and the opportunity to give a second life to plastic material with concrete and tangible actions. His motto: don't spend to destroy, invest to create!

    Vishal Raj Menon

    Topic : Influencing through social media

    Managing Partner, Founder, Fireflies.
    Vishal Raj Menon
    Vishal is a highly competent and driven guy with a creative approach, to effecting change. He is currently, the Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Fireflies. He also works as a freelance branding strategist and consultant for a Dubai-based business, where he has worked with companies such as DELL and ACER. He is on a quest to educate humankind via technology, collaboration, and adventure. Vishal has accomplished a lot in his life, from representing the UAE in the largest STEM competition in the world, F1 in Schools, in 2015, to co-founding the region's first and only certified youth non-profit organization, Step Up Dubai. Above all, he wishes to contribute to the improvement of the educational system to provide more possibilities for students to experience learning in a variety of settings!

    Neeil Ojha

    Topic : Know your digital footprint

    TV and Radio Presenter| Cricket Coach and Commentator| Specialist Strength and Conditioning Coach.
    Neeil Ojha
    Neeil is a seasoned Cricket Commentator with over 600 matches to his credit. He is an ICC Level 2 Certified Cricket Coach and has independent strength and conditioning from the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association. He is also an award- winning TV anchor and a radio presenter. He has additionally contributed to the research and development of Metformin HCL SR sustained release formulation for the treatment of type 2 Diabetes. Neeil has successfully formulated an enteric-coated dosage delivery system of Lansoprazole (Antacid).

    Melise Carelse

    Topic : Know your personality type.

    HR Business Partner
    Melise Carelse
    Melise is a well-seasoned HR Business Partner providing consultancy services to businesses globally. She has been supporting businesses with recruitment processes, automation, applicant tracking system, end to end recruitment onboarding, talent review, coaching and identify skills and HR processes. Melise additionally has been facilitating disability awareness campaigns, diversity and inclusion and Desensitization in the workplace.

    Leo Obra

    Topic : Personal Development Plan

    Strategic Human Capital Leader | Adjunct Faculty | Multiple Certified HR Professional | Experiential Learning Trainer
    Leo Obra
    Leo is an HR Leader and Specialist with strong consultancy, teaching and training experience. With over 15 years’ experience within reputed firms in UAE, he has provided strategic advice and value to the management to build human capital effectiveness, competitive advantage that helped the organization achieve its goals. Leo is also an SHRM-SCP, USA certified and a Chartered Member of CIPD, UK – Europe’s largest people professional organization and have completed a Master’s degree in Strategic Human Resource Management (MSHRM, with distinction) at the University of Wollongong; He is both certified as Professional in Human Resources and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) at Human Resource Certification Institute, USA. As a certified Human Capital Strategist (HCS) at Human Capital Institute, USA, he is a trained talent management professional.

    Melanie Lapointe

    Topic : Know your personality type.

    Leadership Facilitator| Coach| Enabler of Change.
    Melanie Lapointe
    Mélanie leads Blooming Eloquence, a bespoke coaching and training solutions consultancy she founded. Mélanie is an ICF- certified coach and the most international facilitator of Google's #IamRemarkable program in 2019. Over the last 12 years, her extensive expertise in educational leadership has seen her lead facilitation teams in Canada, Spain, Morocco, Turkey, and the UAE. Melanie’s work promotes positive behavioral changes, through her passion, for motivating others through knowledge. Melanie’s captivating demeanor, customized delivery, engaging and dynamic facilitation, and coaching approach have all contributed to her success in the GCC market. Her brand, Blooming Eloquence, takes great pleasure in the breadth of its clientele, which includes clients from the banking, insurance, entertainment, construction, food and beverage, and health sectors. In addition, Mélanie provides in-person and virtual coaching and professional development, delivering personalized training solutions across three main topics: Diversity & Inclusion, Intercultural Agility, and Emotional Intelligence.

    Karen Storey

    Topic : Life of a CEO

    Founder, The Storey Group – People| Planet| Prosperity
    Karen Storey
    The Storey Group has a 20-year history in Dubai, owing itself to its founding partner, Karen Storey. The Storey Group's consulting partners and colleagues have over 60 years of combined expertise on a wide range of global improvement, change, innovation, and transaction projects. It blends the power of strategic consulting with the enchantment of creative agencies to make the world a better place. According to Karen," decarbonization, is currently the most pressing challenge confronting humanity." We need innovation, collaboration, and action to get to zero. We can help by planting one billion trees; let us strive together; future generations and the earth depend on us.”

    Jonathan Paulson

    Topic : Making a Winning Pitch.

    Managing Partner, Founder at Fireflies,
    Jonathan Paulson
    Jonathan Paulson is focused on leveraging his broad expertise in creating and assisting start-ups while effectively and efficiently addressing challenges with creativity at the forefront. He successfully established the Startupbootcamp UAE FinTech community, coordinated the first FinTech accelerator program, and led the Demo in the United Arab Emirates with the highest ever mentor, investor, and corporate partner attendance. In addition, Johnathon has led and mentored businesses from the formulation of a business plan through the delivery of successful proofs of concept.

    Ian Trott

    Topic : Team Building through Leadership.

    Sports Coach
    Ian Trott
    Ian Trott has over three decades of experience as a sports coach and leader across all age groups. He is presently based in New Zealand, where he coaches a variety of sports, including cricket and hockey. He was an off-spin bowler and excellent middle- order batsman that played regional cricket and made the formidable Western Province 2nd XI before being drafted into the army. But his love of sport, particularly cricket, drew him to a career in sports retailing, where he stayed for 28 years, 10 of which he ran his firm that included youth teaching.

    Darbs Estrebilla

    Topic : Leading through Vlog / Youtube Making

    Host, Vlogger, Influencer, and Inspiration to Filipinos working overseas.
    Darbs Estrebilla
    Darbs Estrebilla (Darbie Kim) is a host, a vlogger, an influencer, and an inspiration to many Filipinos working overseas. With his sense of humor and unique manner of conveying his message, he certainly has a gift for imparting wisdom and spreading positivity. The title was the frosting on the cake for demonstrating his dedication to delivering quality material on social media. He was also a volunteer at the recent record-breaking Philippine Independence Day 2019 hosted at DWTC, where he shared the stage with some of the Filipino community's most prominent people.

    Personal Branding

    Have you ever wondered how different people are able to project the same thing in different ways and, create an impact?


    Why two individuals with the same qualifications have a higher chance to get the job versus the others, are these people just smarter than the rest of us or do they have a magical personal branding strategy?
    The answers to your all questions and many more is in the “Personal Branding Week.” Jeff Bezos, Founder of Amazon, once said,

    Your brand is what people say about you when you are not in the room.

    That is exactly what we will work on with YOU during the YBLP season.

    Personal Branding is the hashtag you give to yourself. It is the knowledge you have about your interpersonal and intrapersonal skills and how you enhance it. If you want this hashtag to go viral, you need to learn the tricks of the game and be the change you wish to see in yourself.

    No longer is the term “Branding” limited to just businesses, it has now become an individual phenomenon.

    Digital Toolkit

    Are you a social media geek? or Are you not on social media at all?


    Do you get judged a lot for what you post on social media? Or Are you trying too hard to fit-in into social media?

    Some of these and many other questions will be addressed in our “Digital Toolkit Week.”

    Think like a Publisher, Not a Marketer.

    a quote rightly highlighted by, David Meerman Scott.

    Digital ToolKit week will provide you a platform to understand the dynamics of Social media and how it plays a key role in shaping and framing your identity. The impact you are making or you will make with the help of Digital Toolkit will help you in the near future to make right decisions whenever you choose any of the social media tools to express yourself.

    De-Coding Entrepreneurship

    Have you ever thought of doing your own start- up?


    Has it ever occurred to you, that one day, even you can have your own business?
    Yup, De-Coding Entrepreneurship Week is your dreams come true roadmap to guide you and take you to places you wish to be in.

    Entrepreneur is someone who has a vision for something and a want to create.

    De-Coding Entrepreneurship Focuses on understanding the fundamentals of being an entrepreneur, the vision for opportunities, connecting and pitching investments, and developing business models that work in the real world. You’ll also hear from businessmen about their real-life experiences.
    These learning will encourage students to apply the knowledge when launching their own entrepreneurial start-up.

    Leadership Launchpad

    Do you ever wonder why Nelson Mandela, Dr. Matin Luther King Jr or Alexander the great so relevant in today’s world? Does it ever occur to you what did it take for an individual to become a great leader and how could you incorporate those qualities?

    If your answer is Yes, then look no more

    Our Leadership Launchpad week will get you introduced to the worlds leaders and their inspiring journeys. Leadership Launchpad is your rocket to acing the Leaderboard. It will help you in understanding the characteristics of a true leader and how, if you join Westford, you will be provided with immense opportunities to shine out and gain that confidence to become a leader.

    Don’t follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you.

    What our Students Say

    Eiman Ashraf Muhammad Ashraf

    BA (Hons) in business with Finance, LJMU

    “The YBLP Program was a huge success. Even in a world where almost any piece of information can be Googled, certain knowledge can only be gained via experience. The best example is Westford University College; Youth Business Leadership program. The speakers have been wonderful teachers to me. Their politeness, eagerness to share their own experiences, and expertise while listening intently have taught me a lot. Apart from that, as mentors, they have always tried to help me become a better version of myself rather than contorting me to their way of thinking. Their unflinching support has been invaluable.

    Rosalyn Flory

    Westminster School, TED talk speaker

    Enrolling in Westford’s Youth Business Leadership Program was one of the finest decisions Ihave ever made. A wonderfully created curriculum with corporate speakers from all over the world is what makes YBLP so special; in just four weeks, the program encouraged me to go deeper into myself as an individual and better comprehend myself. Not only did I learn a lot from YBLP, but I also obtained an 80 per cent scholarship, which was the icing on the cake!

    Fatima Zrizar

    Office Manager in Marriott

    From day one to day seventeen, YBLP gave me a reason to wake up with a bright smile on myface. I had the opportunity to meet the current and future business executives from variedbackgrounds, including the Westford faculty. It was certainly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity tolearn so much about life and success from such inspiring people. Thank you, Westford for thefun-filled weeks.