Teens given a shot at LYF

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Carlisle South Perth - Michele Nu­gent

YOUNG pro­fes­sion­als from Vic­to­ria Park vol­un­teered their time to help about 80 Perth teenagers, in­clud­ing two from Carlisle, safely take a step out of their com­fort zone dur­ing the Lead­ing Youth For­ward (LYF) an­nual camp in early March.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer and Town of Vic­to­ria Park coun­cil­lor Brian Oliver and Notre Dame sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion stu­dent Juliet Wil­liamson were vol­un­teer men­tors at the two-day camp for Perth youth com­ing to grips with their own abil­i­ties and bound­aries.

LYF pres­i­dent Ciara Sta­ple­ton said the not-for-profit char­ity had more than 80 men­tors who aimed to break the cy­cle of dis­ad­van­tage by pro­vid­ing teens with one-on-one men­tors, pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ences and sense of con­ti­nu­ity and sta­bil­ity.

Founded in 2011, LYF brings to­gether young pro­fes­sion­als ea­ger to help Perth’s young peo­ple re­alise their dreams and as­pi­ra­tions while tak­ing part in a range of ex­cit­ing ac­tiv­i­ties like the fly­ing fox, a 20m ab­seil tower, raft build­ing and kayak­ing.

Mr Oliver said although it was his sec­ond year vol­un­teer­ing with LYF, it was his first time as a men­tor at the an­nual camp, which was made pos­si­ble this year with a $39,519 Lot­tery­west grant.

“It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence shar­ing a week­end with the teenager I was men­tor­ing, who doesn't or­di­nar­ily get the op­por­tu­nity to go away or take part in ac­tiv­i­ties like ab­seil­ing or kayak­ing,” he said.

“While the camp was about hav­ing fun, it was just as re­ward­ing help­ing my teen set goals for the year ahead and map­ping out a plan so he can achieve them.

“It’s fair to say all the teens left the camp with great mem­o­ries.”

Lead­ing Youth For­ward men­tor Juliet Wil­liamson, Tyrell Bur­nell, of Carlisle, Nyra An­der­son, of Mid­vale, Chloe Ward, of Carlisle, and LYF men­tor Brian Oliver.

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