Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - SEA TO SCARP -

Au­gust saw the launch of the Wa­roona Youth Lead­er­ship De­vel­op­ment (WYLD) Pro­gram. This is a 12 month youth en­gage­ment pro­gram that has been cre­ated for young peo­ple liv­ing in Wa­roona by ze­ro2hero in part­ner­ship with the Shire of Wa­roona. The WYLD Pro­gram fea­tures ac­tiv­i­ties held on the last Fri­day night of each month at the Wa­roona Re­cre­ation & Aquatic Cen­tre that are fun and en­gag­ing, in­spi­ra­tional and em­pow­er­ing, and chal­leng­ing and phys­i­cal. The ses­sions are free and in­clude din­ner. The first ses­sion was fully booked, with 59 young peo­ple aged be­tween 10 and 19 years of age spend­ing the even­ing at the Wa­roona Re­cre­ation & Aquatic Cen­tre with free laser tag and pizza. Fol­low­ing this, the young peo­ple were split into groups to brain­storm and work­shop what ac­tiv­i­ties they would like de­liv­ered in Wa­roona, as well as pro­vid­ing feed­back on the pos­i­tives, chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties for liv­ing in the Shire. The se­cond ses­sion saw lo­cal youth en­gaged in the ‘Eatz and Beatz’ night, where at­ten­dees joined in a Bey­oncé dance class and drum­ming ses­sion, fol­lowed by de­li­cious burg­ers. The ze­ro2hero youth men­tors en­sured the young peo­ple were en­gaged, and be­gan to form pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ships, which will be key for fu­ture ses­sions in the pro­gram. Fol­low­ing this suc­cess, a num­ber of lo­cal busi­nesses and com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions have al­ready re­quested to be in­volved in the pro­gram, of­fer­ing spon­sor­ships and do­na­tions. Ses­sion #3 will be held on Fri­day, 26th Oc­to­ber, and will fea­ture a camp­fire and con­ver­sa­tions night For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the WYLD Pro­gram Face­book at www.face­book.com/WYLDProg

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