Junior ambassadors come together
FIFTEEN YOUNG voices – one from each primary school in the Indigo Shire – were heard through a youth strategy leadership workshop held at Beechworth’s Old Priory last week.
The year five students in the junior group of the Indigo Shire Youth Ambassadors program attended a second one-day session that followed the first workshop held last month, where the environment was a keen topic among discussion themes.
Facilitated by professional mentors Rachel and Oliver Macindoe from Melbourne-based The Meeting Space, and Indigo Shire youth officer Sal Kimber, the session focused on values, leadership and team building.
Other focuses included public speaking, communication, speech writing and fundraising.
Mr Macindoe said the students had remained engaged in the program since the earlier one.
“They are switched on and show much wisdom about community issues,” he said.
Ms Kimber said the ambassadors had to choose a fundraising project that they were passionate about.
Among them were breast cancer research and wheelchair access for swings at local parks.
“They have community inclusive ideas,” Ms Kimber said.
Mr Macindoe said the workshop provided skills in self- awareness, the ability to work with others and leadership development.
“Fundraising needs both individual and group managed projects,” he said.
He said every participant had taken part in activities such as negotiating and creating strategies.
“It’s been a special group of kids who we have seen take on projects, stepped up and developed confidence to be a leader,” he said.
Ms Kimber said 50 percent of funds raised through their projects would be donated to Timor Leste’s Atauro Island community through Indigo’s Atauro Friendship Group.
The group is a committee that helped develop relationships between Timor- Leste’s Atauro Island and Indigo Shire Council.
Ms Kimber said the ambassadors developed their own logo and motto of ‘ courage, compassion, and co- operation’ and ‘ leaders of today’ branded on their ambassador sweaters.
“It’s about empowering them to make positive change in communities and they will be champions for the environment too,” she said.
In October the young group will join forces with the 14 to 18 year- old youth ambassadors in a session for their united voices to further contribute to the shire’s youth strategy.
FUTURE LEADERS: The junior group from primary schools in the Indigo Shire Youth Ambassadors program gathered for a one-day leadership development session with Melbourne’s Rachel (second row left) and Oliver Macindoe and Indigo Shire Youth Officer Sal Kimber at the Old Priory last week.