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Charity Spotlight: The Leadership Crucible

A-1 Self Storage is proud to support “The Leadership Crucible: Preparing Young Women to Lead” program.

Leadership Crucible Image 1This year was the Leadership Crucible’s inaugural year. The program is currently housed at the Catholic University of South Sudan, and is supported by several sponsors. It is an intensive development program that includes regular and personalized contact with participants. They meet formally with them twice a month for rigorous workshops, coupled with as-needed mentoring throughout the month.

According to the organization’s annual report, less than a third of the adult population of South Sudan is literate, fifty‐one percent of the population lives below the poverty line, economic and health indicators are in the bottom quartile of nations, and the country has very little infrastructure. Solving these challenges requires effective leadership, particularly from women who represent over half of the population. Developing women leaders is essential to the long‐term success of the country.

The Leadership Crucible program attempts to help set up South Sudan for success in the future. The program has been so successful that next year’s program will be expanding to include students from the University of Juba, as well as the Catholic University. They plan on increasing the number of participants next year as well.

“Without seed-funding from A-1 Self Storage, the Leadership Crucible would not exist,” said Patricia Thomson, Director. “Thanks to the Caster family’s support, our pioneer graduates are the foundation of what will become a powerful network of skilled women leaders working to bring peace and development to South Sudan.”

For more information about the Leadership Crucible program, visit their website:

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