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The youth leadership challenge

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Villagers help their favorite YLC contestant fix 100 meters length road in the competition day. YLC

IRI public opinion polls indicate that voters in Cambodia cite providing infrastructure in the form of building roads and schools as one of the most important factors they consider when casting their votes in elections. In this week’s episode of YLC, the five remaining contestants are challenged with personally organizing and completing a road construction project. Each contestant was assigned a 100-metre section of a badly damaged dirt road. With only US$50, their own ingenuity and the the help of the local villagers they were able to enlist, the contestants got their hands dirty making real improvements for a community in need.

The contestants received training from the Youth Council of Cambodia on how to manage a project, fundraise, and organise members of a community to work together for a common cause. Through their fundraising, each contestant collected between $60 and $250 to purchase materials for the project. Commune council members rated the work of the contestants and, as always, one unlucky contestant was sent home. As a reward, the four remaining contestants received a $100 gift certificate to the International Book Center.

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