We were very pleased to host a graduation celebration for our Future Leaders Program on Thursday 31 August.
We launched the Future Leaders Program in September 2016 as a new initiative designed to help young people with disability increase their self-confidence and independence, plan for the future and contribute to their sporting club or community.
We had 12 future leaders seize the opportunity to join the 12 month program, with the aim of exploring and developing their leadership skills through the common medium of sport and recreation.
Our future leaders immersed themselves in a three day camp where they began to consider themselves as leaders, formulate hopes, recognise fears and identify resilience skills.
Throughout this process of self-development, our future leaders were supported by their mentors who, for the past 12 months, shared their own life experience and guided them towards achieving their goals.
We congratulate our future leaders and wish them well as they continue to demonstrate leadership and be ambassadors for young people with disability in their sporting clubs and communities.
“Leadership to me is taking responsibility of my own future. Without the leadership skills that I have learnt through this program I probably wouldn’t be as confident as I am now to achieve my main goal of getting a good ATAR.” – Nelson
“I am teaching year 7’s organisational skills. This was something I didn’t believe I could do prior to the program.” – Freya
“I have been able to use the new skills that I have learnt to create a group around me that help me towards achieving my goals. I was able to get six professionals to meet on a regular basis to discuss my needs so that I good reach my goals. Before this program, I would never be able to do this as a lacked confidence to confront people and ask for help.” – Nathan
“Come the end of the year, or end of my exams, I plan to use my newly attained leadership skills to propel me to reach my new goals.” – Rachel
This program wouldn’t have been possible without our generous sponsor, Newsboys Foundation.
We also thank our wonderful facilitators who each contributed in such a meaningful way:
Deborah Peppard – HR Staffn’Stuff
Tim Marchinton and crew – Purple Soup
Denis Fey – Leadership Victoria