Future leaders meet in Cairns
LOCAL indigenous students from Mossman State High School were among over 100 teenagers from Tully to Thursday Island to attend the 2012 Indigenous Leaders of Tomorrow conference in Cairns last weekend.
“Change begins with me” was the theme of this year’s conference and is part of a twoyear program for Year 11 and 12 state school students run by the Indigenous Schooling Support Unit.
Mossman Year 12 students Chaseley Walker and Darien Williams and Year 11 student Cooper Martin took part in the conference which aims to help young people learn skills such as public speaking, mentoring others, financial literacy and goal setting to help set them up for life.
Mossman State High School community education counsellor Keith Pitt said the event helps students with leadership skills and to create life goals.
“They attended workshops covering a range of activities and life skills and had the opportunity to meet other students which created a mentoring network through school integration,” he said.
Students also had the opportunity to partake in fun activities such as formal dinners, map reading, camp fire stories, dancing and walking across high ropes
who attended for the second time, said it made him focus on what is next after finishing school.
“I hope to start a Diploma of Education externally through JCU Townsville,” he said.
Cooper Martin said he gained leadership skills and confidence in public speaking while Darien Williams, who hopes to study veterinary science next year, also benefitted with a boost to his self-confidence.
The program will run again next year.
Future leaders: Cooper Martin, teacher Keith Pitt, Darien Williams and Chaseley Walker